Are Inventions Inevitable? A Note on Social Evolution

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Citation: William Ogburn, Dorothy Thomas (1922) Are Inventions Inevitable? A Note on Social Evolution. Political Science Quarterly (RSS)

doi: 10.2307/2142320 Wikidata: Q20641714

Download: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2142320

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Summary:

Inevitable if preconditions are in place, unknowable in advance, and not dependent upon single inventor. Based largely on a list of 148 inventions with multiple independent inventors more or less at the same time.