Inventions That Shook The World Episode 2: The 1910s (Parachute, Gas Mask, Toaster, Tommy Gun, Sonar)

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Inventions That Shook The World Episode 2: The 1910s

The 1910s - The decade saw The Great War, The Flu Epidemic and the Titanic disaster. Ten years into the 20th Century and the world is grappling with some serious growing pains. In a decade racked by conflict, there were inventions that made the world both safer and infinitely more dangerous.

Featured Inventions: Parachute, Gas Mask, Toaster, Tommy Gun, Sonar

About the series:
From the airplane, to the electric guitar, to the DNA fingerprint, the twentieth century was the most spectacular era of invention in human history.

This fascinating 10-part series takes viewers on a decade-by-decade voyage of discovery through the century of innovation that transformed our world; the way we communicate, the way we think, the way we see ourselves.

"Inventions That Shook the World" explores where great ideas come from and the brilliant, often quirky minds that bring them to life. The series features a cast of characters that ranges from the smartest man on the planet to the high-school dropout everyone took for a fool. And let's not forget the rewards - who got rich and who got robbed?

Each hour-long documentary examines

one decade of the twentieth century through the prism of the inventions that shaped it. Inventions like the radio that made the world smaller; the machine gun that made it more dangerous; or the parking meter that made it more expensive. And then there were the not-so-great ideas that mercifully failed. Whatever happened to the robo-dog and the air-conditioned business suit?

Winners or losers, they were all players in the age of invention, the most innovative century the world has ever known. Read more on