The Magnificent 10

Episode 8: The greatest brainwaves in history

They probably occur somewhere in the world every day: those moments in which a really ingenious idea is born. But not all them will be such impressive success stories as our 10. They include technical inventions, such as the steam engine and telephone, but also the flash of inspiration that a series of signs can produce a meaning. Today we call it writing. And whose idea was it to kick a round object and turn it into a game?