This is a course blog for the members of EH236 at the University of South Alabama, Spring 2006.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Thursday, January 19, 2006

In Jaucourt's "Invention," he does not believe that only geniuses are inventors and he goes on to prove this point throughout his article. Before reading Jaucourt's article, I had never given any thought to the evolution of invention. It is unfortunate that the "inventors" or "discoverers" went without proper recognition for their creation; however, are they the ones who really deserve the honor? It's not fair to say that Gutenberg invented the printing press when according to Jaucourt, "Guttenberg only invented movable characters, carved in relief on wood and on metal." What about Schofer "...who improved this invention and found the secret of casting these characters?" Old theories become new theories through time. That is what Jaucort meant when he said, "we owe inventions to time."
The inventions Jaucourt speaks of such as the printing press, windmill, compass, spectacles, paper, etc. opened wider horizons and beautified and enlightened the world according to Jaucourt. These are all examples of how inventions of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries have been perfected over time. Inventions aren't always thought up, they form from pure chance. Over the years we have been able to combine research and existing inventions. The inventions we know today in our "technologically advanced society" will only continue evolve and become perfected. In twenty years, who knows what type of inventive contributions will have been made. As Jaucourt said, "Inventions are the children of time. Industriousness will only speed the delivery of many new and unseen innovations." Society has a lot to look forward to according to Jaucort, since time will only provoke the next invention.


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