Industrial Revolution: A Revolution of Inventiveness

For centuries, technological change had been stagnant. People used the same simple tools that their ancestors once had used. For example, candles were used to light homes, and animals were used to transport goods.

There's no defined date of when the Industrial Revolution actually began. It didn't occur overnight, but rather it gradually grew over several decades. Most historians place the beginnings in the mid-1700s, when changes began. The changes started slowly, but multiplied exponentially as decades passed. Inventors and businessmen in England combined their talents to create new means of production to harness the power of machines. This willing to improve eventually spread to Europe and the United States.

Industrial revolution was a "revolution of inventiveness." Some feel that this was the start of the "age of the machine."