While the book’s publicity promises it is a followup to Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions that aims to discover the “laws” of innovation, contributors are more realistic; they report their innovations were not a question of laws but support, education, persistence, luck, open-mindedness, and diverse combinations of skilled people who were together at times and places where resources and interest were available. Of interest to historians of science and to readers interested in real-life science, technology, scientists, or innovation.

November 12, 2013