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Innovation

Innovation from a Peanut?

When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well, George, that’s more nearly your size.’ – George Washington...

Micro-Entrepreneurs and the Industrial Revolution

The human brain weighs just three pounds and yet it contains around 86 billion neurons. Neurogrid, a new circuit board developed at Stanford and modeled on the human brain, is 9,000 times faster than the average computer yet it effectively contains some 86,000 times...

Is It Possible to Have Too Many Choices?

On May 27, 1829 the chemist and mineralogist James Smithson died at the age of sixty-three. With no natural heir, Smithson’s will stated that his fortune would pass on to his nephew Henry Hungerford. Six years later, Hungerford also died childless, thus activating a...