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in thread Before electricity was invented, what was the Electric Eel called?

I know it's a pun...

... but the question if "invention" is older than the knowledge of electricity is interesting.

IMHO achievements like Archimedes_screw were known before static electricity after rubbing amber (ἤλεκτρον = "Úlektron" in Greek) was described.

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Update

and for completeness the Electric Eel stems from South America, but I doubt the "inventors" left written records about the name! ;)

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Re^4: Before electricity was invented, what was the Electric Eel called?
by Ratazong (Monsignor) on Feb 01, 2017 at 17:19 UTC

    This is a question easily answered if you look at the right resources. In this case the technology-tree of Civilization Revolution: it clearly shows that "invention" is a pre-requisite to "electricity".

    Rata (who likes this poll)

      I don't completely believe that chart, because it seems to indicate that electricity is not a requirement of mass-producing aluminum, which seems completely wrong.

        They do it with eels?

Re^4: Before electricity was invented, what was the Electric Eel called?
by tusker (Novice) on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:49 UTC
    I don't know how it works in English but in French, the meaning of "invention" covers both the creation of a new idea and the discovery of something unknown, especially in archaeology: we speak about "the Nefertiti tomb inventor", for example, meaning the guy who discovered it.