Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
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Subject: Re: Alan Blumlein site
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Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 14:19:12 +0100
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"Winfield Hill" wrote in message
> "Kevin Aylward" wrote...
> > "Steve Taylor" wrote
> >>> Stereo
> >> Electronic TV
> >> High-resolution Radar,
> >> Ultra high resolution transformer ratio arm bridge
> >> High speed switches.
> >> Many, many "standard" circuit configurations.
> >> And he was dead by the age of 39
> >> A genius.
> > But this dont a genius make.
> In the late 30's it does.
imo, not really. Sure, the popular press like to use terms like this
just as there use the word hero just because someone save the life of
their *own* child. Like, what do you expect them to do...
> At any rate, his associates so felt.
My issue here is that most things are simple waiting to be invented
because the conditions of history has set them up. This is discussed in
the PBS "Connections" BBC series by James Burke.
One has to take account of the the amount of work that is really
required from taking a basic idea to its completion if one is evaluating
a real achievement, imo.
If one take a long tailed pair as an example, I cannot consider this to
be much of an effort of note at all. A simple random connection of pins
would achieve this in *minutes*. This is to be contrasted with
Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. He had a basic idea, i.e. the
equivalence of inertial mass and gravitational mass, the principle that
all objects fall with the same acceleration in the same gravitational
field. However to turn this into something workable took the years from
1905 to 1914, and a tremendous amount of effort, with many false starts
and rejection. Even now, it takes a 4 year degree worth of mathematics
just to get to the basics.
Mere invention along, even many, imo is not sufficient to class someone
as a genius. Genius is much, much more.
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