Connections: Patterns of Discovery by Craig F. Smith
English | 5 Feb. 2008 | ISBN: 0470118814 | 224 Pages | PDF | 4 MB
Many people envision scientists as dispassionate characters who slavishly repeat experiments until "eureka" something unexpected happens. Actually, there is a great deal more to the story of scientific discovery, but seeing "the big picture" is not easy. Connections: Patterns of Discovery uses the primary tools of forecasting and three archetypal patterns of discovery Serendipity, Proof of Principle, and 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration to discern relationships of past developments and synthesize a cohesive and compelling vision for the future.