What People Can Achieve Grows Exponentially

The mathematics of cooperation of men and tools is interesting. Separated men trying their individual experiments contribute in proportion to their numbers and their work may be called mathematically additive. The effect of a single piece of apparatus given to one man is also additive only, but when a group of men are cooperating, as distinct from merely operating, their work raises with some higher power of the number than the first power. It approaches the square for two men and the cube for three. Two men cooperating with two different pieces of apparatus, say a special furnace and a pyrometer or a hydraulic press and new chemical substances, are more powerful than their arithmetical sum. These facts doubtless assist as assets of a research laboratory.


When they collaborate.

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 Willis Rodney Whitney', National Academy of Sciences,
Proceedings of Meetings and Symposia>Speech:  Whitney, Willis R. (1960), Willis Rodney Whitney', National Academy of Sciences, , Biographical Memoirs , (1960), 352., Retrieved on 2012-06-22