The Serendipity Equations
Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, Technical Note AIC-01-003
4 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2009
Date Written: 2001
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
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