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Asian Inventions and Inventors

Profiles the great practical, scientific, and technological advances to come out of Asia over the past 10,000 years. Early inventions covered include the domestication of animals, agriculture, and different writing systems; next, practical items such as paper, gunpowder, and seismographs; and finally newer technology like robots and HD TVs.

Invention of the Mirror
When was the mirror invented? Humans have probably used still water as a mirror for millions of years, but a sheet of glass with metal backing is a much more recent invention.

Invention of Paper
Learn more about the invention of paper, which took place in northwestern China around 2000 years ago.

Invention of Paper Money
Paper money first appeared in 10th century China, during the Song Dynasty. It proved much more convenient than coins, but easier to counterfeit.

Invention of the Stirrup
Invention of the stirrup, a key piece of horse tack for warriors and other riders. The subject of where stirrups were invented is surprisingly controversial; Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan all have supporters in the debate.

Prehistoric Asian Inventions
Between 10,000 and 3,500 B.C., the earliest human cultures in Asia created some of the most basic inventions ... Inventions that are still important today! They domesticated many of the plants and animals that we rely upon for food or companionship: wheat, peas, sheep, cats, cattle, chickens, and rice. They also invented pottery, woven cloth,...

50 Amazing Asian Inventions
Asian Inventors have created dozens of the things we take for granted in our daily lives. They also domesticated most of our most important livestock and many pet animals. Explore fifty of the most amazing Asian inventions of all time!

Ancient Asian Inventions
Once the most basic inventions had been created in prehistoric times - food, transport, clothing, and alcohol - humanity was free to create more luxurious goods. In ancient times, Asian inventors came up with such fripperies as silk, soap, glass, ink, parasols, and kites. Some inventions of a more serious nature also appeared at this time:...

Classical Asian Inventions
Asian inventions of the classical era, 1000 B.C. to 500 A.D., include a few luxury items such as mirrors and ice cream. However, most of the notable creations are more practical in bent -- things like crossbows, paper, the wheelbarrow, and horse tack.

Medieval Asian Inventions
Medieval Asia saw the invention of products both luxurious (porcelain, toilet paper, perfume, chess) and intensely practical (the flamethrower, canal locks, and hypodermic needles).

Early Modern and Modern Asian Inventions
Between 1100 and 2000 A.D., Asian nations produced an astonishing array of inventions. Beginning with the magnetic compass, and moving on through the toothbrush, the multi-function bidet, and the PlayStation game console, modern Asian inventions span the continent and the realm of possible functions.

Invention of Gunpowder
Describes the invention of gunpowder by Tang Dynasty Chinese alchemists, around 850 A.D.

Invention of the Seismoscope
Describes the invention of the first seismoscope for detecting earthquakes, which was invented in China in the second century A.D.

History of the Magnetic Compass
Brief history of the magnetic compass, which was invented in China in the second century B.C.

Invention of the Kite
Briefly describes the invention and early uses of the kite by the Chinese. Also discusses hot air balloons and early gliders.

Sim Wong Hoo, Inventor of the PC Sound Card
Biography of Singaporean inventor Sim Wong Hoo of Creative Technologies, the innovator who created the first sound card for the PC.

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