IS INVENTION DIFFERENT FROM DISCOVERY?
1. Model Case
A) Michael was only 16, but even at his young age, his passion lay in the study of the galaxy. His best friend was his prized telescope and he would often wonder what his hobby would be if he lived prior to the design of the telescope hundreds of years ago. One night, whilst gazing intensely into the deep black sky, he noticed something quite unusual. Consequently, after a few nights of close analysis he was sure he had found something significant. He notified the Center of Astronomy, and in utter disbelief, they agreed that Michael had found a new planet.
• Discovery of planet is the introduction of something new but that has been in existence independent of man, even prior to him finding it.
• Discovery is of a scientific nature
• Planet was unknown to mankind and finding it was the uncovering of something that existed all along, but was hidden from us.
• All inventions are man made- telescope – mechanical invention
• The telescope is a construction of that which has not before existed; the creation of something entirely new using raw materials
• Inventions are envisioned and then made and take much time to perfect.
• An invention of a products reflects extraordinary creative ability and/or skill
• The “thing” discovered is usually enjoyed/used as is, with little change or input from mankind.
• Inventions are thought up by man and continuously worked on until perfected.
Much time to perfect
Independent of man
Enjoyed/used as is
2. CONTRARY CASE
A) John, a high school chemistry teacher, adored his profession. From as far back as he could remember, he always had a love for science, and a mind full of curiosity and imagination. Although he enjoyed teaching, his passion lay in the science lab, where he
would conduct meticulous experiments by...