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10 Irish Inventions that Changed the World

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, I thought i would share the 10 Irish Inventions that Changed the World infographic from GoIreland.com explores 10 of the greatest Irish inventions ever.

Ireland: The land of saints and scholars, right? Well, sort-of. Whatever about saints, this little island has certainly produced its fair share of clever clogs. For a country that makes no secret of some pretty audacious claims to fame (we even tried to claim that Barack Obama guy as one of our own!!), we have been remarkably quiet about some outstanding Irish inventions.

Modern chemistry? Tick. Color photography? Tick. Both Irish inventions, and, as you can see from the infographic, there are many more. And when it comes to refreshing beverages, it’s not just Guinness that should come to mind. Raise a toast to soda water and chocolate milk, both Irish inventions to rival the black stuff.

Certainly more narrative than data visualizations, but they picked some fun and interesting inventions to include.  There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the sequence of events; they’re certainly not in chronological order.  I did notice that in the Atomic Bomb section, the visualization for 600,000 Volts actually shows 800,000 Volts.

Three things are missing from the bottom of the design: a copyright statement, the URL where readers can find the original infographic landing page and credit to the designer(s).

Thanks to Aidan for sending in the link!

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Reader Comments (4)

Seriously doubt chemistry. Greeks, Hindus, Muslims did chemistry too well before the Irishman.
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMoise
Without John Joly, there will be no infographic!
Imagine all the visual infographics in Black and White... like in a B/W horror show.
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRendell
April fool is in another 2 weeks folks....

Submarine: The first submersible was built in 1620 by Cornelius Jacobszoon Drebbel, a Dutchman in the service of James I of England

Color photography: This was the invention of Irish scientist John Joly, although he, like so many other inventors, eventually discovered that his basic concept had been anticipated in Louis Ducos du Hauron's long-since-expired 1868 patent

Soda water: In 1767 Joseph Priestley invented carbonated water when he first discovered a method of infusing water with carbon dioxide, local brewery in Leeds, England
March 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Tanks - Lincoln, England. Nuclear Bombs- USA. Milk Chocolate- Switzerland. Ejector Seat- Romania, America, France.

Source: Wikipedia.
March 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermatthew
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