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Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
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Subject: Re: Alan Blumlein site
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Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 09:12:44 +0100
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"john jardine" wrote in message
> "Kevin Aylward" wrote in message
> > "Steve Taylor" wrote in message
> > news:email@example.com...
> > > Kevin Aylward wrote:
> > >
> > > >>Many, many "standard" circuit configurations.
> > > >>
> > > >>And he was dead by the age of 39
> > > >>
> > > >>A genius.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > But this dont a genius make.
> > >
> > >
> > > A dwarf on giants shoulders sees furthest of the two.
> > >
> > Yeah, he gets success on the backs of others.
> > > AD Blumlein was a pioneer in electronic design and theory. Over
> > KEY
> > > patents in electronic technology.
> > Being first does not automatically qualify for real worth. This is a
> > fallacy most adhere to. Many things are just ripe for discovery.
> > were not discovered before simple because the background structure
> > not there. e.g a differential pair requires the invention of an
> > device, but once that is invented, the rest is a pretty trivial
> > up. Other things, despite the underlying background, need an extra
> > insight that only a *few* will see. For example, the basic equations
> > Special Relativity were known way before Einstein. However, it was
> > Einstein that understood their true meaning.
> > >I am intrigued to know what you
> > > think makes someone a genius, from your other postings, I get the
> > > impression that it only applies to thereoticians ?
> > I have made a posting on some of this already in this thread, but
> > don't consider that it only applies to theoreticians.
> > For me, a genius has to do something that is *truly* *difficult*
> > *most* will *miss* *given* the opportunity, although this something
> > might be comprehended in more simple terms. "Genius", imo, is
> > that differentiates above all others. Merely doing something simple
> > others have missed, don't really cut it. I don't take the view that
> > here are millions of geniuses out there. This would make the notion
> > meaningless. If inherent difficulty is not a factor, the notion is
> > again, meaningless.
> > The idea that simple producing something that has not been done
> > has significant merit does injustice to those achievements that are
> > truly special. One has to put newness in context. Given that there
> > existing body of knowledge at some instant, and that for example, a
> > given person is actually in the position where such and such a
> > is to be solved. How many others, in similar circumstances could be
> > expected to come up with a similar solution. For instance, I truly
> > discovered/invented a *KEY* aspect of C++ prior to having any
> > of C++, i.e. function pointers in data structures that result in the
> > same syntax as that use in C++. The reality is that most new ideas
> > *simple* extensions of existing ideas that *many* others will
> > I don't consider generating these extensions to be a mark of genius.
> > plain and simple engineering.
> > Put 100 suitable *qualified* people in the same conditions as
> > was. How many of them would have come up with GR? Put 100 suitable
> > *qualified* people in the same conditions as Blumlein. How many of
> > would have come up with a diff pair. I think this distinction
> > No doubt other opinions exist.
> > Kevin Aylward
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
> > http://www.anasoft.co.uk
> > SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
> > Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
> > Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
> About a thousand years ago as a young 'un. I'd just had published in
> PE mag' a 741 op-amp integrator based darkroom timer. A bit of further
> playing about and I turned up the dual slope integration method. I
> thought it was clever but that was it. A couple of months later I
> found that Rockwell had just been granted a patent on the same. I
> admit only little ability on my part and was just enjoying a hobby
> interest. If I could do it, then so could anybone else in similar or
> even worse circumstances.
> What I find a bit annoying, in the normal day to day business of
> designing kit, is discovering sometimes years later that a part of a
> circuit or a method used has (without my consent ;-) )had someones
> name attached to it. Invariably that person did the work as part of a
> university or large company (Blumlein at EMI) with significant
> resources of equipment, time, money (and needs). Yes I agree, they
> discovered what was easily discoverable in their situation. Yes, they
> advanced the art. No, they aren't in the same league as the one or two
> true genius's (genii?) that turn up each century.
> In recent history there's only two really that I know of. Dirac and
I agree regarding Maxwell, and probably with Dirac, but is Einstein
missing by mistake?
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