Innovations of the Industrial Revolution As one of the greatest times of production and change in the quality of life for all classes and members of society, the Industrial Revolution marked a turning point for humankind. Together, the industrial revolutions in both America and Britain not only altered the lifestyles of many, but also offered solutions to many questions that had plagued society for numerous years. Changes that occurred in the fields of medicine and chemistry still play a role in our everyday lives. These advancements not only affected 19th century industry, but also began paving the way for modern technology.
With the expansion of technology available to the textile industry emerged a growing want among those who
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This shift produced both good and bad discoveries. According to Kevin Kitano and Anthony Morejon (authors of an Internet web site dedicated to the industrial revolution), during the 1800s over 70,000 chemical compounds were broken down, and the first plastics were developed. Along with those advancements, however, there also were two discoveries that would prove more harmful than helpful in the long run. While working on the different qualities of cellulose materials during mid 19th century, chemists discovered and developed very powerful explosives such as nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine and most famously, dynamite. Then, in 1898, a then-unknown female chemist discovered radioactivity. Marie Curie discovered one of the most important power sources of all time, but she also opened the door for others to harness that power in the form of the nuclear bomb.
Jenner’s discovery led to important research by Louis Pasteur almost seventy years later. Pasteur is most well known for his work as a chemist and biologist who developed the vaccine for rabies based on his germ theory of disease. Also, doctors during the Industrial Revolution found a growing use and need for the new additions to the medical field known as antiseptics and anesthetics (Kitano & Morejon). In 1895, William Roentgen accidentally discovered the