Tekniska Museet
100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The wheel

The wheel

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

The wheel

Part of a scale model of a hydro-powered hoist. In a mine shaft a hoist is used to transport things up and down. Photo: Ellinor Algin

The wheel

Where would our car-dependent society be without the wheel? A close-up photo of rubber tires. Photo: Ellinor Algin.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

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The wheel

The wheel is the invention´s invention. It is simple in its genius and has been used in countless other innovations. The oldest wheel was probably a potter´s wheel, which began to be used about 5,500 years ago.

When people put wheels on sledges we had carts and carriages. People and things could thus be transported long distances. Towns grew, roads were built and the world turned into something else.

The phrase says that you should not need to "reinvent the wheel". But the wheel has been reinvented many times and has new uses all the time. Today we find wheels in or on the bicycle, car, train, spinning wheel, mill, computer hard drive, clock, lathe and much more.

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