The Wheel, Part 1

A chariot wheel carved into the wall of the sun temple at Konark, India. By Nila Newsom/Shutter Stock

The wheel is perhaps the most iconic of all inventions, and yet we are often too dismissive of wheel technology. We’ve been reinventing the wheel for thousands of years and show no sign of stopping. In this Invention episode, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore the earliest examples of wheel technology and discuss why some cultures barely used it at all.