Vendor- Smil, Vaclav
Invention and Innovation: A Brief History of Hype and Failure
Drawing on his vast breadth of scientific and historical knowledge, Smil explains the difference between invention and innovation. He then looks at three different types of inventions.
Inventions that failed to dominate as promised:
- Nuclear fission
- Supersonic flight
Inventions that turned disastrous:
- Leaded gasoline
Inventions we have long been promised (and that would be highly beneficial):
- Travel in vacuum (hyperloop)
- Nitrogen-fixing cereals
- Nuclear fusion
Finally, he offers a “wish list” of inventions that we most urgently need to confront the staggering challenges of the twenty-first century.
Filled with engaging examples and pragmatic approaches, this book is a sobering account of the folly that so often attends human ingenuity—and how we can, and must, better align our expectations with reality.
Hardcover, Feb 14th 2023