How Invention Begins, by John H Lienhard

日期:2019-03-02 07:17:06 作者:文罾 阅读:

By Jeff Hecht WE HAVE an unfortunate tendency to oversimplify invention to lists of names, dates and other statistics. Look more closely and you’ll find a rich and fascinating ecosystem. It’s not just the idea that counts – the way it is implemented and the context are equally important. As John Lienhard acknowledges in this book, “The steam engine had been ‘invented’ long before [James Watt] arrived.” Lienhard devotes just five pages of his 100-page section on “steam and speed” to Watt and his work. That is not to downplay Watt’s achievements,