Invention

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Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation.In its arguably most transformative and relevetory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared. J.K.Rowling, Harvard 2008 Commencement Address

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Introduction1

Dictionary

invent : (1) to devise by thinking : fabricate (2) to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment — Webster   See also OneLook

invention : (1) a product of the imagination (2) a device, contrivance, or process originated after study and experiment — Webster   See also OneLook

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. The invention process is a process within an overall engineering and product development process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product or a new process for creating an object or a result. An invention that achieves a completely unique function or result may be a radical breakthrough. Such works are novel and not obvious to others skilled in the same field. An inventor may be taking a big step in success or failure. Some inventions can be patented. A patent legally protects the intellectual property rights of the inventor and legally recognizes that a claimed invention is actually an invention. — Wikipedia

Invention (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Search

Inventions (WolframAlpha)

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Foundation

Process

5 Steps for Turning Your Invention Idea Into a Product (Sarah Pierce, Entrepreneur)
The Invention Cycle (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

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Innovation

Technology

How Products Are Made

Invention

The Invention of Invention (Gaurav Desai, Cultural Critique via JSTOR)
Our greatest invention was the invention of invention itself (Keith Frankish, Psyche)

Commerce

Entrepreneurship

Invention Campaigns@Kickstarter
Invention Campaigns@Indiegogo

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Preservation

History

Inventions (HISTORY.com)

Quotation

If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run – and often in the short one – the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative. — Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space

Quotations Page

Museum

National Inventors Hall of Fame (Official Site)
National Inventors Hall of Fame (YouTube Channel)
National Inventors Hall of Fame (Wikipedia)

Library

Library of Congress # T15 Inventions (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

The Lemelson Foundation (Official Site)
The Lemelson Foundation (YouTube Channel)
Lemelson Foundation (Wikipedia)

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Inventor Handbook (Lemelson MIT)
Invention Resources (Lemelson MIT)

Camp Invention (National Inventors Hall of Fame)
Collegiate Inventors Competition (National Inventors Hall of Fame)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

InventNET: The Inventors Network

Book

Invention (ISBNdb)

Government

Inventors and Entrepreneurs (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Document

Invention (USA.gov)

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Expression

Participant (YouTube Channel)

Fun

Toy

We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys. — Eric Hoffer

Tinkertoy (Wikipedia)

Invention at Play (Smithsonian)

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

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Related

Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.

Knowledge Form

Innovation Creativity, Mathematics
Science Research, Discovery
Technology Invention, Intellectual Property
Commerce Entrepreneurship, Product

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Notes

1.   The resources on this page are are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma.