Invention is the act of bringing ideas or objects together in a novel way to create something that did not exist before.
Inventions almost always cause change. Paleolithic stone weapons made hunting possible and thereby triggered the emergence of permanent top-down command structures. The printing press, introduced by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century, once and for all curtailed the traditional authority of elders. The typewriter, brought onto the market by Christopher Latham Sholes in the 1870s, was instrumental in freeing women from housework and changing their social status for good (and also increasing the divorce rate).
- "invention. (2011).", Encyclopædia Britannica. Referenced 2011-10-11.