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Polish inventors - what have they ever given to the world?


commie
18 Jan 2012  #1
What haves poles ever given to the world (apart from cheap labour)? British have invented nearly everything important and have tried to educate people around the world.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
18 Jan 2012  #2
What have Poles given to the world

A few things: oil wells, Esperanto, radiotherapy.

British have invented nearly everything important and have tried to educate people around the world.

This much is true. Britain has consistently punched above its weight in technology - especially the industrial North of England and Scotland.
EM_Wave 9 | 311
18 Jan 2012  #3
What haves poles ever given to the world

Not much compared to other countries like Germany.
pam
18 Jan 2012  #4
bulletproof vest, mine detector, blah, blah, blah. more than you think!
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #5
Not much compared to other countries like Germany.

I don't have any inferiority complex because of that.

Recently I've seen somewhere the list of inventions by Poles but I forgot where. As soon as I remember it I'll post it.
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
18 Jan 2012  #6
There is one Pole in Chicago who has given the world a stage where trolls can congregate.
pam
18 Jan 2012  #7
Recently I've seen somewhere the list of inventions by Poles but I forgot where. As soon as I remember it I'll post it.

probably wikipedia, but its blacked out at the moment
boletus 30 | 1,366
18 Jan 2012  #8
There is one Pole in Chicago who has given the world a stage where trolls can congregate.

How true. And funny too :-)
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #9
There is one Pole in Chicago who has given the world a stage where trolls can congregate.

haha, that one is good! :)

Just in a nutshell I found a site with 8 break-through inventions by Poles:

1. mine detector
2. movie projector (pleograf invented allegedly a year before Lumiere's invention)
3. bulletproof vest
4. walkie-talkie
5. holography (additionally the same guy made a prototype of a tv set called electroscope)
6. Melex
7. delta type wing
8. paraffin lamp (and first raffinery and petroleum mine)

Probably there are many more but I have no time to look for it.
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
18 Jan 2012  #10
To be honest, is there a Pole who isn't an inventor of sorts. There is an uncanny ability to make a silk purse from a sow's ear that many Poles possess. The work kombinowac (?) comes to mind...
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #11
kombinowac

Actually how do you translate it into English?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
18 Jan 2012  #12
To be honest, is there a Pole who isn't an inventor of sorts.

Poles would get more credit, if what they came up with were legal.

i give them credit for inventing the illegal decoder card for sky tv back in the early 90's. it worked for a few years at least.
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
18 Jan 2012  #13
Actually how do you translate it into English?

I think the direct translation is "to MacGyver".

e.g.: "Janusz really MacGyvered that broken television, the reception is better than ever"

Poles would get more credit, if what they came up with were legal.

Come, come now. The card isn't illegal per se, only the use of it. :-)
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #14
I think the direct translation is "to MacGyver".

Poles invented word kombinować... it's almost untranslatable!
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
18 Jan 2012  #15
I believe that the OP was trying to cast aspersions on the intelligence of Poles. Given the similiarity in complexity when comparing the Polish language and lets say for example, Quantuum physics, how could he even dare to suggest that the intelligence of Poles is sub-standard?
Wroclaw_666 1 | 47
18 Jan 2012  #16
Polish mathematicians broke German Enigma code machine before II WW.

P.
pam
18 Jan 2012  #17
Probably there are many more but I have no time to look for it.

you have been on same site as me haha!! pity wikipedia is out of action..we would all know a whole lot more!
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
18 Jan 2012  #18
pity wikipedia is out of action..we would all know a whole lot more!

no need for wikipedia. it's all been done before on PF. just search the threads.
Ant63 11 | 403
18 Jan 2012  #19
There is an uncanny ability to make a silk purse from a sow's ear that many Poles possess.

Have you been to a Polish mechanic?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
18 Jan 2012  #20
I don't have any inferiority complex because of that.

commie

He does.

Polish mathematicians broke German Enigma code machine before II WW.

P.

Very true.
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #21
it's all been done before on PF. just search the threads.

Was that one mentioned before:
Leopold Płowiecki - the thinnest microcatheters
pam
18 Jan 2012  #22
it's all been done before on PF

have only been on here 3 months. just responded to new thread! am hardly going to know its been done before! just googled enigma machine. aws really suprised to find out that was true! fair play to the poles!
a.k.
18 Jan 2012  #23
have only been on here 3 months. just responded to new thread! am hardly going to know its been done before!

No one is picking on you for that :) Wrocław merely pointed out that there was a thread like that before, and I even remember it.

By the way I've just learn that Poles establish one of the notable Swiss watch companies.
boletus 30 | 1,366
18 Jan 2012  #24
These two men were not mentioned here either:

Bruno Abdank-Abakanowicz (1852-1900)
He invented integraph in 1878, a mechanism capable of calculating areas under any curve (integrating) and solving simple differential equations of the form dy/dx=F(x). The integraph was produced by the Swiss company of Corady in Zurich.

He also contributed to the electrification of Lyon and has been known for having "electrified France." He was decorated in 1889 by Légion d'honneur, the highest distinction from the French government.

Zdzisław Pawlak (1926-2006) made multiple contributions to computing but his most known invention is rough set theory (1982), which by now has been used in multiple fields. Rough sets are distinctly different from regular sets and from fuzzy sets.
pam
18 Jan 2012  #25
the thinnest microcatheters

nice to know that if i ever need to be catheterised, it might not be too uncomfortable..lol!
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
19 Jan 2012  #26
I think the local anaesthetic gel smeared on catheters was invented by a British doctor who was born in Poland.
SPAP
19 Jan 2012  #27
The SPAP Association invites you to Faceebok (Album Pozytywny Atlas Polski) to find some interesting polish inventions. Please write in new ones and give votes for other posts. We are going to print a special album containing information from the application that will be hand out to the guests of Euro 2012.
EM_Wave 9 | 311
20 Jan 2012  #28
Did Poles invent vodka or was it the Russians?
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
20 Jan 2012  #29
Poles I think in the 1530 or 40s, 2 centuries before it appeared in Russia.
czar 1 | 143
28 Jan 2012  #30
i know the polish inventor site your reffering to ill have to look to see if i deleted it

there is polish logic which i cant understand

there are maaaaaaany the OP just doesnt really care to know

brb...nope, deleted damnit


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