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This page will provide continuing monologs and dialogues regarding innovation in the hope of stimulating thought, creativity, and thinking about thinking. [Note, yes there are Amazon book links on the side, and on other pages on this site. Like all other mere mortals, I do have to pay for this site and for internet access, so if there's something that appeals to you, by all means buy it through these links -- its for a good cause - as I hope you discover in this and future discussions]
What is this all about? Well the concept is pretty simple. We all benefit from advances in human knowledge. Yet we really do not fully appreciate the way knowledge is created and innovations occur. So I will bring out some thoughts that perhaps can help illuminate (some of) the way forward. The method .. really pretty plain ... just asking questions. Asking the RIGHT question is pretty much most of the job.
What are we looking for ? Overwhelming insight!
Yes, we do have incredible universities and laboratories.
Yes, there are incredible bright and some brilliant people around. And yes fantastic advances have been made and continue to be made. So is there any need for more advances?
Sure there is.
Consider this, in 60 AD - Roman Emperor, Nero, uses emerald lenses to view gladiator games. Magnifying glasses only became common in fourteenth century, where craftsmen in Venice make small disks of glass, convex on both sides, that could be worn in a frame--spectacles. (The earliest illustrations of spectacles date from about 1350).
So between Nero's emerald lens and the spectacle there's a gulf of about 1300 years. Pretty sad considering that many people could not contribute to their fullest potential because of 'vision' problems.
But this is not the end of the story. In fact, the Lanyard Lens, discovered at Nimrod by Lanyard, is datable to 721-705 BC. This lens is thought to be the first example of a plano-convex lens. So now we are really talking about 2000 years between the possibility of corrective lenses and their first wide use.
Are we done? NO!
Around 1608, someone took two lenses and put them one in front of the other ... A miracle occurred!
Dateline: Netherlands, October 1608: Hans Lipperhey applies for patent of a device for "seeing faraway things as though nearby." It consisted of a convex and concave lens in a tube, and the combination magnified three or four times. This is the first time the optical "Killer App" is spelled out.
(Earliest known illustration of a telescope. Giovanpattista della Porta included this sketch in a letter written in August 1609.)
Galileo constructs his first three-powered spyglass in June or July 1609. Soon after he presents an eight-powered instrument to the Venetian Senate in August, and turns a twenty-powered instrument to the heavens in October or November.
At that moment the heavens are turned on the Catholic Church, and mankind takes its first truly giant step forward. so now its approximately 2300 years between the first evidence of a lens and humanity's giant step forward. From Galileo's time (and the invention of the microscope soon after), to now its less than 400 years.
Just think for a moment. WHAT IF humanity had the telescope 2300 years ago? What if Kepler had gotten Galileo letter 2300 years earlier? Where would we be today?
WHY were telescopes invented so late? WHY didn't that occur earlier?
HOW can we avoid repeating this kind of tragic waste?
by the way ... Kepler, upon seeing the details of he moon was instantly struck by the notion of getting to the moon. (insight in hindsight: if you can see it, you can reach it - so it pays to look). You can read about it in This New Ocean : The Story of the First Space Age by William E. Burrows.
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