What does a birdcage have to do with a skyscraper? Everything. How We Invented the World is a fascinating series that examines the four inventions that define the modern world: mobile phones, cars, aeroplanes and skyscrapers and celebrates the people and sequence of events that made them possible. Each of them has played a crucial role in how we have ended up where we are now in the 21st Century able to travel the globe, to talk to one another at any time at the push of a button, to live in huge cities, to commute, to capture the world we live in and make the fantasies we create come to life. These are the inventions that have made us truly modern. Every episode in this four-part series lifts the lid on how these iconic inventions came to be each so integral to the modern age it's virtually impossible to imagine life without them, yet each is reliant on a sequence of extraordinary discoveries and often random connections.
The boys mission is straightforward: to get off lifes humdrum path for a more exciting, daring and off-the-beaten one. In just four days, the guys trek approximately one hundred miles across life-threatening landscapes including steep mountains, insufferably hot deserts, freezing-cold canyons and snake-infested jungles on foot, raft, skis and even skateboard, in search of the most extreme places on earth.
From the Walkman to the bra, these are the innovations that have changed all of our lives. But what is number one on the list? The gadget: It's small enough to hold in your hands. It's mechanical or electronic and mass-produced. It's a personal item that evolves from novelty to necessity and ultimately shows its paradigm-shifting power. In this entertaining programme, a diverse panel of hand-picked experts join forces with HISTORY to rank the most influential inventions of the past 200 years and tell the surprising stories behind them.