0
The
Big Bang
3 sec
Elements
Form
3000000yrs
Matter
Domination
Era
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bc
c.5000
Copper
c.3500
Iron
c.450
Atomism
c.400
Earth, Air,
Fire &
Water
260
Archimedes
ad
1st - 11th
century
700
Arabic
Alchemy
11th
century
1020
Arabic
Medicine
1066
Halley's
Comet
1086
Magnetic
Compass

12th
century
1107
Printed
Money
1155
Printed
Map
13th
century
1242
Roger Bacon
1250
Arsenic
14th
century
1332
Distillation
of Wine
15th
century
1480
Da Vinci
Parachute
pre 1500
Zinc

16th
century
1500
Bismuth
1510
Copernicus
1590
Compound
Microscope
1592
First
Thermometer
1597
Chemistry
Textbook
17th
century
1614
Logarithms
1645
Vacuums
1658
Red
Blood Cells
1662
Boyle's
Law
1665
Newton
"Annus
Mirabilis"
1669
Phosphorus
1687
Newton's
Laws of
Motion
1698
Steam
Powered
Pump
18th
century
1700
Platinum
1737
Longitude
at Sea
1751
Nickel
1756
Carbon
Dioxide
1766
Hydrogen
1774
Oxygen
1787
Chemical
Nomenclature
1798
Vaccination
1799
Volta
1799
Stoichiometry
1800 - 1859
1802
Lussac
Gases
1803
Dalton
Atomic
Theory
1808
Law of
Combining
Volumes
1811
Avogadros
Law
1817
Chlorophyll
1818
Element
Symbols
1823
Döbereiner
Firelighter
1828
Organic
Molecule
1833
Electrolysis
1856
Synthetic
Dye
1859
Spectroscopy
1859
Evolution
1860 - 1899
1864
Benzene
1866
Dry Cell
Battery
1867
Dynamite
1869
Mendeleev
Periodic
Table
1879
Lightbulb
1884
Le Chatelier
1892
Dewar
Flask
1895
X-Rays
1897
The
Electron
1900 - 1919
1905
Special
Relativity
1908
Helium
1911
Polonium
1911
Atomic
Theory
1912
Period
&
Luminosity
1913
Atomic
Model
1913
Isotopes
1916
General
Relativity
1916
Theory
of
Adsorption
1920 - 1949
1920
Van Der
Waals
Equation
1925
Centrifuge
1925
Wave
Mechanics
1926
Quantum
Mechanics
1927
Lemaître
Big Bang
1927
Uncertainty
Principle
1928
Penicillin
1935
Radar
1935
Nylon
1942
Pap Stain
1945
Nuclear
Fission
1950 - 1959
1952
Polio
Vaccine
1953
Maser
1953
DNA
1954
Nuclear
Power
Reactor
1954
Ziegler-
Natta
Catalysts
1955
Vitamin B12
1956
Synthesis
of
Morphine
1957
Poly-
carbonate
Plastics
1958
Superglue
1959
Two
Cultures
1960 - 1969
1960
Contraceptive
Pill
1960
Laser
1961
Silicon
Chip
1962
Lycra®
1963
Valium®
1963
Nuclear
Shell
Structure
1964
Kevlar®
1965
NutraSweet®
1966
Synthesis
of

Insulin
1967
Synthesis
of

DNA
1968
Deciphering
RNA
1969
Salbutamol
1970 - 1979
1970
LCD
1970
Birth of
String

Theory
1971
Human
Growth
Hormone
1972
Synthesis
of
Vitamin B12
1972
Butterfly
Effect
1972
Texas
Calculator
1973
CCD Chip
1974
Catalytic
Converters
1975
North Sea
Oil
1975
Fractals
1976
Tagamet®
1977
Apple
Computer
1977
Conducting
Polymers

1978
p53
1978
Genetically
Engineered
Insulin
1979
Artificial
Blood
1980 - 1989
1980
RSC
1981
STM
1982
MRI
1983
PCR
1984
DNA
Fingerprinting
1985
Buckminster-
fullerene
1986
2 in 1
Shampoo
1987
Shape-
memory
Plastics
1988
3D
Reaction

Centre
1988
Beta
Blockers
1989
Viagra®
1990 - 1999
1990
Gene
Therapy
1991
Nuclear
Fusion
1992
Electron
Transfer
Theory
1993
Taxol®
1994
Genetic
Testing
1994
Hubble
1995
Atmospheric
Chemistry
1996
Dolly
1997
ATP
1997
Expansion
of the

Universe
1998
Nicotine
1999
Femtosecond
Spectroscopy

21st
century
2001
Human
Genome
Sequenced
2001
Gleevec®
2048
Nano-
technology
2050
Thermo-
nuclear
Fusion





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