The Serendipity Equations

Proceedings of the Workshop Program at the Fourth International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR, 2001

Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, Technical Note AIC-01-003

4 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2009  

Antonio Dias de Figueiredo

Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra

José Campos

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

In spite of the role it recognizably plays in sparking innovation, serendipity, the faculty of making fortunate and unexpected discoveries by accident, remains largely unexplored as a subject of research. This may result to some extent from the difficulty in discriminating serendipity from other manifestations of creativity. To overcome this barrier, we propose a notation that visually expresses serendipity in the form of logical equations, offering a different way of looking at the concept.

Keywords: chance, convergence, creativity, discovery, divergence, innovation, metaphor, serendipity

JEL Classification: O3, O31

Suggested Citation

Figueiredo, Antonio Dias de and Campos, José, The Serendipity Equations (2001). Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, Technical Note AIC-01-003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1380082

Antonio Dias de Figueiredo (Contact Author)

Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra ( email )

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University of Coimbra
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José Campos

Instituto Politécnico de Viseu ( email )

Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Campus Politécnico de Repeses
Viseu, 3504-510
Portugal

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