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

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

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

OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

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. The rules and requirements for patenting an invention vary from country to country and the process of obtaining a patent is often expensive. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Portal

Portal to Discovery, Inventions (ScienceWiz)

Search

WolframAlpha

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Preservation

History

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Inventing Modern America, Notable inventors of the 20th century (MIT)

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

The Lemelson Center for the study of invention and innovation (Smithsonian National Museum of American History)

Library

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

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Participation

Education

Invention & Technology Web Sites (ProTeacher)
Inventors & Inventions (Teacher Oz)

Course

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Organization

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

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Fun

10 Accidental Inventions (Science Channel)

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.