By Gordon Rugg
Old inventions seldom die; usually, they fade into the background, and then hang around there for a surprisingly long time.
In this article, I’ll look at how this happens with physical inventions; how it happens with innovative ideas; at what is going on underneath the regularities; and at what the implications are. A lot of those implications are important, and counter-intuitive.
I’ll start with pointy sticks.
Image credits are at the end of this article.