looking for outside-the-box thinkers who changed the world
May 17, 2008 11:02 PM Subscribe
looking for examples of world-changing innovation as the result of seeing a conventional thing in an unconventional way.
posted by klanawa to Grab Bag (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
my girlfriend has a writinging assignment wherein she must discuss a world-changing event (could be in the sciences but preferrably not, which is what makes it difficult) that came as the result of one's ability to see things in a new light. this last thing is key: there has to have been some pivotal point where our protagonist has had a revelatory shift in perspective on some possibly mundane thing.
we're thinking along the lines of one of the many connections in the documentary "connections" except less accidental and more visionary.
also, more obscure is probably better... nothing really comes to mind, except the usual sciency suspects.