A dirty (yet open) secret about innovation is that most great breakthroughs don’t happen thanks to a single lone genius.
While history is full of stories of famous inventors, who are often national heroes, in almost every case they were just the first people to improve an existing system to the final stage where it achieved mass appeal.
Think of how scientific discoveries from hundreds of years ago inspired the works of subsequent generations of scientists.
Or how the iPod revolutionised personal music thanks to the combination of progress in the disparate fields of digital music compression, hard drive miniaturisation, cheap ARM microprocessors and various other technological innovations.
As Isaac Newton so famously said in 1676:
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants
In the video above, we find out about 10 famous inventions that were the culmination of efforts by dozens or hundreds of people: