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Modern concrete ranked number 7 in the list of top 10 materials in history.

The materials that have helped shape the modern world were introduced through momentous acts of invention engineering. Here we look at the top 10 moments in materials history, based on a poll of engineers.
Manufactured materials can be found in nearly every aspect of modern life, from the metals alloys found in our cars, to the plastics, ceramics, composites in our homes. Many of the products that we purchase or rely on to perform tasks are based upon material innovation, which may have been developed recently or thouss of years ago. The history of materials science, including the engineering, production, testing stages of development, reveals a great deal about how much we depend on materials today.

In 2007, JOM, the journal of the Minerals, Metals Materials Society (TMS), conducted a survey of more than 900 engineers to determine the 50 Greatest Moments in Materials Science Engineering in an effort to raise awareness of the vast contributions materials science has made. The resulting entries, chosen by vote, span nearly 30,000 years of human history.

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