Is there a word for this? Independent discovery of a previously known thing?
February 23, 2012 8:57 AM Subscribe
Is there a word for this? Independently coming up with a "breakthrough idea" that turns out to have been previously discovered and explored.
posted by Cool Papa Bell to Grab Bag (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Yesterday, I came up with what I thought was a completely independent, brilliant idea. Then I find out the idea was invented and fully explored in the 1970s. People won awards and accolades for this. Now, mind you, they did the full experimentation and publishing work for it, too. But still ... the exact same idea. Given the right timing, I could have won those awards and accolades.
There must be a word for this.