Sunday, 28 October 2012


SO GOOD THEY INVENTED IT TWICE

Despite, or because of, the current economic recession there seems to be an increase in the rate of inventing. What can those pursuing patent applications learn about the process from the inventions of the past? If we think about the most common inventions we use today, they seem to have been produced fully realised. But many of our favourite inventions had to be recreated in the form that we are now familiar with. The steam engine, printing, television and aeroplanes initially had no widespread use until their design was improved to such an extent that it almost became another invention. The word ‘almost’, in this context, is something the lawyers can argue about until the cows either come home, or they get replaced by robotic bio-reactors. I am interested in how the inventions that we are familiar with came into existence, in a form that is better than their original conception.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Simple is best - Right?

Simple is best - Right?

As the Curiosity rover completes one year on the surface of Mars the idea that 'simple is best' seems to be confounded.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Leaving Earth - Not leaving Earth

In the 20th Century the ambition to control nature and even to leave the confines of Earth were initially inspired by science but subsequently challenged by uncertainty over the unintended consequences of technology. 

Weather

     "We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air"

            Evangelista Torricelli 1608 – 1647