The first recorded use of candles is in fat-based items invented by the Egyptians circa 3000 B.C. These candles, called rushlights, were made from reeds coated in animal fat.Know More
Although candles date back to ancient Egyptian times, there are concrete references to them in Biblical writings setting even earlier potential dates.
In European history, a fragment of a candle was found in France that dates back to 100 A.D. Later, the Romans improved on the model by creating the first wick made out of interwoven fibers.
Beeswax soon replaced tallow and animal fat candles for those that could afford it. During the 19th century, fiber wicks were replaced by cotton ones, and tallow was replaced by paraffin. Paraffin was considered preferable as it had neither the strong odor of tallow nor the cost of beeswax.Learn more about Inventions
The first sundials were built by the Egyptians and the Babylonians. These sundials date as far back as 5,000 BC. However, the first evidently purpose-built sundial was not constructed until 800 BC.Full Answer >
There is no real way to pinpoint who exactly invented the first ship or the concept of using a boat, but most historians agree that the Egyptians were the first culture to create and regularly use ships in long-distance trade, travel and exploration. Before the Egyptians, early man would lash logs together as a crude raft or hollow out logs for short-distance travel.Full Answer >
The inventor is not known, but the earliest documented use of a candle clock is from approximately 500 A.D. in China. A Chinese poem by You Jiangu describes a clock that uses six candles that are marked in increments of 20 minutes. Each candle takes four hours to burn.Full Answer >
No single person invented algebra. The roots of algebra extend to the ancient Babylonians, who first developed mathematical techniques to solve problems using algorithms. Later work by Greek, Persian and Indian mathematicians further extended these techniques and laid the foundations for modern algebra.Full Answer >