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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

By BBC World Service

Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.

  1. 1.
    Interchangeable parts09/09/2019
    10:30
  2. 2.
    Oil09/02/2019
    8:59
  3. 3.
    Chatbot08/26/2019
    10:03
  4. 4.
    Solar PV08/19/2019
    9:49
  5. 5.
    Cassava08/12/2019
    9:54
  6. 6.
    Fire08/05/2019
    9:51
  7. 7.
    RFID: The tech you’ve never heard of – but use every day07/29/2019
    10:01
  8. 8.
    Postage stamp07/22/2019
    10:07
  1. 9.
    Rubber07/15/2019
    9:59
  2. 10.
    CubeSat07/08/2019
    9:56
  3. 11.
    Factory06/29/2019
    8:59
  4. 12.
    Blockchain06/24/2019
    10:32
  5. 13.
    Pencil06/17/2019
    10:25
  6. 14.
    'Like' button06/10/2019
    8:59
  7. 15.
    Dwarf wheat06/03/2019
    9:00
  8. 16.
    Pornography05/27/2019
    8:57
  9. 17.
    Recycling05/20/2019
    10:34
  10. 18.
    Spreadsheet05/13/2019
    10:31
  11. 19.
    Brick05/06/2019
    9:52
  12. 20.
    Mail order catalogue04/29/2019
    8:58
  13. 21.
    Bicycle04/22/2019
    8:59
  14. 22.
    QWERTY04/15/2019
    8:59
  15. 23.
    Bonus 4: Woodpecker and black box04/15/2019
    14:57
  16. 24.
    Gyroscope04/08/2019
    9:00
  17. 25.
    Bonus 3: Mosquito and surgical needle04/08/2019
    15:11
  18. 26.
    Cellophane04/01/2019
    9:26
  19. 27.
    Bonus 2: Octopus and camouflage04/01/2019
    13:15
  20. 28.
    Langstroth Hive03/25/2019
    11:00
  21. 29.
    Bonus: 30 Animals That Made Us Smarter03/25/2019
    15:28
  22. 30.
    Coming soon: Season two03/17/2019
    1:28
  23. 31.
    Index Fund01/17/2019
    9:43
  24. 32.
    Special Bonus: Santa Claus12/17/2018
    10:09
  25. 33.
    Number 5110/28/2017
    9:39
  26. 34.
    The Plough10/21/2017
    9:59
  27. 35.
    Cold Chain10/14/2017
    9:23
  28. 36.
    Welfare State10/07/2017
    9:47
  29. 37.
    Property Register09/30/2017
    10:01
  30. 38.
    Searching for 5109/23/2017
    9:09
  31. 39.
    Management Consulting09/16/2017
    10:33
  32. 40.
    Double-entry Bookkeeping09/09/2017
    9:18
  33. 41.
    S-Bend09/02/2017
    10:15
  34. 42.
    Radar08/26/2017
    10:33
  35. 43.
    Market Research08/19/2017
    10:38
  36. 44.
    Plastic08/12/2017
    9:14
  37. 45.
    Seller Feedback08/05/2017
    9:08
  38. 46.
    Paper Money07/29/2017
    9:13
  39. 47.
    Limited Liability Company07/22/2017
    9:08
  40. 48.
    Dynamo07/15/2017
    9:08
  41. 49.
    Leaded Petrol07/08/2017
    9:12
  42. 50.
    Department Store07/01/2017
    9:08
  43. 51.
    Barbed Wire06/24/2017
    9:13
  44. 52.
    Tax Havens06/17/2017
    9:13
  45. 53.
    Infant Formula06/10/2017
    9:09
  46. 54.
    Tally Stick05/27/2017
    9:12
  47. 55.
    Passports05/22/2017
    9:13
  48. 56.
    Intellectual Property05/13/2017
    9:10
  49. 57.
    Video Games05/06/2017
    9:11
  50. 58.
    Cuneiform04/29/2017
    9:09
  51. 59.
    Air Conditioning04/22/2017
    9:08
  52. 60.
    Elevator04/15/2017
    9:14
  53. 61.
    Contraceptive Pill04/08/2017
    9:14
  54. 62.
    TV Dinner04/01/2017
    9:08
  55. 63.
    Gramophone03/25/2017
    8:57
  56. 64.
    Battery03/18/2017
    9:13
  57. 65.
    Public Key Cryptography03/11/2017
    9:13
  58. 66.
    Robot03/04/2017
    9:12
  59. 67.
    Disposable Razor02/25/2017
    9:12
  60. 68.
    Clock02/18/2017
    9:09
  61. 69.
    Google02/11/2017
    9:14
  62. 70.
    Insurance02/04/2017
    9:11
  63. 71.
    Paper01/28/2017
    8:58
  64. 72.
    Antibiotics01/20/2017
    8:59
  65. 73.
    Billy Bookcase01/14/2017
    8:58
  66. 74.
    Compiler01/07/2017
    8:58
  67. 75.
    M-Pesa12/31/2016
    8:58
  68. 76.
    Lightbulb12/24/2016
    8:58
  69. 77.
    Banking12/17/2016
    8:58
  70. 78.
    Barcode12/10/2016
    8:58
  71. 79.
    iPhone12/03/2016
    8:58
  72. 80.
    Concrete11/26/2016
    8:57
  73. 81.
    Shipping Container11/19/2016
    8:58
  74. 82.
    Haber-Bosch Process11/14/2016
    8:58
  75. 83.
    Diesel Engine11/05/2016
    8:58

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