Q:

Who invented the first compass?

A:

Quick Answer

The compass is a Chinese invention dating back to at least AD 1040. Zheng He is recorded as the first person to have used a compass as a navigational device. He traveled across the ocean at least seven times between 1405 and 1433.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

At first, the compass served as spiritual device. It was used to create a feng shui environment and to construct fortune telling boards. Later it was discovered that a compass could be used for navigation. Initially, compasses were made with lodestone, which is a magnetic mineral that always points north and south. Lodestones were eventually replaced with magnetized needles.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

Explore