We live in a world that our ancestors would barely recognize. Around the globe, landscapes are re-formed, hostile environments tamed at speeds, depths and heights that would have left our fore bearers breathless. From the everyday to the spectacular, we have been to the moon, created imaginary worlds for fun, and to save lives — peered back billions of years to glimpse the origins of our universe. Even sent robots to explore the far reaches of the solar system. Driving all these achievements is mankind’s extraordinary gift for invention.