A Proof of Whites Porism (1916)(en)(2s) by Coble A.B.

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38 What all of these Renaissance examples teach us is that curiosity, scientific investigation, and observation, as well as deep empathy, led to the discovery of innovative solutions to important human needs and problems—solutions we still benefit from today. This, then, is the fourth perspective or thinking pattern of the innovator —the desire to develop deep insights improve quality of life in completely novel ways. The Mind of the Innovator into all kinds of phenomena, and to use new knowledge to solve problems, address needs, and 39 The Four Lenses of Innovation If we could distill from our study of the Renaissance a key principle of creativity and innovation, it would be this: The breakthrough discoveries of that period were made not because people were simply connecting and conversing with a rich network of contemporaries from different fields, but because they were looking at the world from some refreshingly new and very particular angles of view.

Brunelleschi was able to masterfully lever- spring rather than with a weight on a cord as with conven- age his portfolio of skills beyond metalworking into sculp- tional clocks. Coiled springs had begun to be used in locks ture, clock-making, architecture, archeology, engineering, about 10 years earlier, and since many clockmakers were and even ship design—in many cases achieving what had also locksmiths, this is probably how Brunelleschi made the literally never been done before. connection. He also incorporated a tiny “fusee”—a conical The 4 Lenses of Innovation pulley with a spiral groove wound with a cord—which was 24 Having learned the skills of mounting, engraving, and emboss- attached to the mainspring to compensate for the lessen- ing as a goldsmith, Brunelleschi turned his hand to sculpture, ing torque of the unwinding spring.

You couldn’t Brunelleschi's Breakthroughs We find a similar pattern when we examine other Renaissance innovators. Filippo Brunelleschi, for example, who is regarded as one of the seminal figures of the entire period, carry the time around with you because clocks were too large and heavy, and they had to stay in a fixed position in order to work at all. So Brunelleschi set out to change things, and in 1410 he succeeded in inventing the world’s first portable clock. started out as a master goldsmith just like Gutenberg.

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