16 MAR 2014 by ideonexus

 Simultaneous Invention

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879. What if he had never been born, Would we still have light bulbs? And would they still have been invented in 1879? It turns out that this is not just a philosophical question and the answer is yes, the light bulb would have been invented at roughly the same time. We know this because at least 23 other people built prototype light bulbs before Edison1, including two groups who filed patents and fought legal battles with him over the rights (Sawyer ...
Folksonomies: invention synchronicity
Folksonomies: invention synchronicity
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Inventions being discovered simultaneously is not just coincidence, it's a regular phenomenon.