The Roots of Progress

Innovation is not linear (for Works in Progress)

An article by me, “Innovation Is Not Linear,” appears today in the second issue of Works in Progress:

There is an important truth in this “linear model” of innovation. But there is also much more interaction between science and invention than a naive interpretation of the model would imply.

I’ve touched on this topic before (e.g., “Science and the Industrial Revolution,” “Pasteur’s quadrant”), but this fleshes out my ideas on the topic more, with many historical examples.

Read the article.

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