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    Modern Technology

    Today, the phrase “modern technology” is usually used to mean computers. But a few hundred years ago, steam power and mechanical presses were new and exciting technology.

    1455
    Before Gutenberg’s movable type and printing press, books were copied by hand. Now they could be produced more quickly

    1565
    Historians think the first pencil was invented by Conrad Gesner in Germany.

    1608
    In Holland, Hans Lipperhay invented the telescope-although some people think his children made one while playing!

    1826
    The first photographic image was taken by Joseph Niépce in France. He had to leave his camera still for 8 hours!

    Important ideas
    Sometimes one invention leads to so many others, it changes the world.
     

    1700s
    The first machines and factories used to massproduce goods led to the Industrial Revolution.

    1800s
    For the first time, people could safely harness the power of electricity.

    1970s
    The microprocessor made computers smaller and started the information age.

    1998
    The first handheld E-book reader could store 10 books or 4,000 pages.
     

 

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