History of Science – Timeline

1.5 Million – 400,000 Years Ago: Fire Power

Sometime in our ancestor’s very ancient past, and certainly by 400,000 years ago, fire came under human control.
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5500 BCE – 5000 BCE: Metallurgy

Metallurgy provided usages and advancements in the production of weapons and armor, tools, utensils, and pottery.
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3500 BCE: Invention of the Wheel

The wheel has played a significant part in shaping history and had a variety of early uses and forms including the potters wheel, being used in watermill turbines, transportation, plowing for agriculture, and function as a cogwheel for gears.
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3000 BCE – 600 BCE: Early Medicine and the Hippocratic Oath

The earliest forms of prehistoric medicines (before the written word) were probably various herbs used by shamans or medicine men to heal the diseased person.  Fire was also likely used for sterilizing and closing wounds.
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1610: The Starry Messenger

Published by Galileo Galilei on March 13, 1610, Sidereus Nuncius (or Starry Messenger) revealed to the world Galileo’s observations as he view the night sky through his improved telescope.
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