Sunday, December 30, 2007

Innovative Minds Don’t Think Alike

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/30/business/30know.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
I found this article especially profound, having been away from my engineering job for a few weeks and working on things that have very little to do with engineering. The time away has given me a new perspective on some of the things that have perplexed me over the past year.
I'm surrounded by engineers by education, brilliant ones at that, but conversations are about more or less the same thing and they tend to flow in one direction. Fresh perspectives are tough to come by and even tougher to gain a foot hold if someone has one.

5 comments:

cognitively cognate said...

Innovation is a means to a goal, it seems to me; and how goals are formed and their interplay, are equally important questions, is my suspicion.

Regarding innovation via an outsider's perspective, the following description of a researcher and her work who just developed a technique for heart regeneration stood out for me: "Dr. Taylor is a newcomer to tissue regeneration,"
and "Doris Taylor’s work is one of those maddeningly simple ideas that you knock yourself on the head, saying, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’"

From: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/14/health/14heart.html?ref=science

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