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Business of Innovation by Russell Radford, Roger Bean

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CHAPTER SIX

DEVELOPING THE CAPACITY TO INNOVATE

IN JONATHAN SWIFT’S SATIRE Gulliver’s Travels, Gulliver visits the land of Laputa, where he tours the Grand Academy and is privileged to examine the department of “speculative learning.”

I had hitherto only seen only one side of the academy, the other being appropriated to the advancers of speculative learning, of whom I shall say something.

The first professor I saw was in a very large room, with forty pupils about him. After salutation, observing me to look earnestly upon a frame which took up the greatest part of both the length and breadth of the room, he said, perhaps I might wonder to see him employed in a project for improving speculative knowledge by practical and mechanical operations. ...

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