Alfred Nobel was not just an inventor, but an innovator and visionary. He took a substance regarded as too unpredictable to be practical, and created an explosive "not usually mentioned when asked to list remarkable innovations that helped create... the modern world" (Snil 180). He didn't just create these explosives: he saw their potential. His actions as a scientist "ended more than half a millennium of gunpowder's dominance" (Snil 182).  His actions as an entrepreneur created the first multinational corporation and his massive wealth -but he did not want this to be his only legacy. As Nobel came to realize that his only legacy was tied to dynamite, he created the Nobel Prizes.