December 2, 2004
Excerpts: 10 Lessons from History's Innovators - Part VIII
Lesson #7 - CROSS-POLLINATION WORKS. Leo Baekeland borrowed from photographic chemistry to invent plastics. Raymond Smith borrowed from carnival techniques to make gambling a major American industry. Elisha Otis built his safety elevators using springs he had learned about making carriages. Wilbur Wright figured out how to turn an airplane by thinking about the way he turned a bicycle. Boundary transgressors are able to mobilize knowledge more flexibly and selectively. From the book THEY MADE AMERICA by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland and David Lefer. (c) 2004 Little, Brown & Co.