Many sports date back to prehistory or to civilizations that do not have adequate written records, so it is impossible to know who invented many popular sports. There is evidence that wrestling and sprinting were the first forms of sport practiced by humans and may have occurred 17,000 years ago.Continue Reading
Cave paintings found in France indicate that sprinting and wrestling may have been done for sport about 17,300 years ago. Clear evidence of wrestling as a sport has been found in cave paintings in Mongolia that date back to about 7000 B.C. Cave paintings in Libya indicate that swimming and archery may have been practiced competitively around 6000 B.C. Stone slabs from Sumeria indicate that boxing may have originated there around 3000 B.C.
Records from ancient Egypt that date to around 2000 B.C. depict rules and regulations for a number of sports such as rowing, archery, weightlifting and fishing. The first Olympic Games were recorded in 776 B.C. and consisted solely of a footrace but would expand in later years to events such as the discus, the javelin throw, jumping and chariot racing.
It is difficult to identify the inventors of sports even in more modern times when extensive written records were kept and preserved. For example, a commission was organized in 1905 in the United States to determine who had invented baseball, which had only come into existence a few decades prior. Based mostly on testimony from one man, the commission declared that Abner Doubleday had invented baseball. However, Doubleday himself never made this claim, and there is no written evidence to back up the story.Learn more about Inventions
Nikola Tesla invented the alternating current electrical system and the Tesla coil. He also discovered radar and X-ray technology and the rotating magnetic field.Full Answer >
There were many great new inventions in the late 1800s, including the telephone, the escalator, the motion picture, the typewriter and certain vaccines. There were so many new technologies invented that U.S. patents increased from 30,000 to 640,167 by the 1900s.Full Answer >
The foundations of calculus were developed concurrently by Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz. Because Leibniz was more thoughtful in his notation, his style is more consistent with the notation used today.Full Answer >
Georg Ohm is not known for any major inventions. He did, however, discover Ohm's law, which indicates the directly proportional relationship between the current flow through a conductor and the voltage as well as the inversely proportional relationship between the current flow and the resistance.Full Answer >