Difference Between Discovery and Invention

In summary, Claude believes that the difference between discovery and invention lies in the merit of the theory. He also believes that music and its emotional consequences are discoveries, not inventions.
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Hi, Heres a little discussion topic that I find interesting.

What is the difference between discovery and invention.

My own view is that discovery is the coming across things that are already there and an invention is something which has been created by someone or something that utilises a discovery!

I Think a lot of people get mixed up when they say that Newton Invented the laws of motion. HE DIDN'T he discovered the laws of motion.

Does anyone agree here? or disagree?
 
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Well, if you're a Platonist, then you believe that all the great ideas were already existant, and that the inventor just 'remembered' them. A whole lot of how one feels about the difference between discovery and invention is related to epistemology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemology).
 
  • #3
Bypassing a philosophical discussion, I would broadly agree with your own view.

I suppose inventions involve manipulation (innovative or not) of observed (and not necessarily understood) phenomena in order to solve a problem, or perform a task.

If you are actually looking for an epistemological discussion, perhaps you could ask to have this moved to the relevant forum.

Finally, welcome, fellow Manchester-resident!
 
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One must remember that formulations are man's own creation and not that of nature. It is our way of describing nature. In my view, one can invent a theory, whereas discovery more lies in the observation side of things like the discovery of planets, the discovery of wave-like effects in light, so on and so forth.

But that's just my opinion.

Claude.
 
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I agree with you to a certain extent, however fromulations are only a tool in the physical universe. Yes they are man made, however, the implications of a formulae are not. Formualtions are invented yet they rely on a discovery to determine. It seems like a little bit of a parradox which is room for yet more discussion,
 
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Yes, but you are assuming that the theories are a correct description of nature. Most theories are only accurate to a certain extent, over a certain range of conditions. The obvious example would be Newton's laws of motion failing at speeds close to the speed of light.

Whatever implications a formula has are inherently artificial, it is the merit of the theory that determines how well those implications match up with our observations. For example, Newton's laws of motion imply one can accelerate to an arbitrary speed, yet we know this is not the case in our universe.

Claude.
 
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Claude Bile said:
For example, Newton's laws of motion imply one can accelerate to an arbitrary speed, yet we know this is not the case in our universe.

Claude.


Yet!
 
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Newton's laws are built on a single hypothesis, the conservation of momentum. If we assume momentum is always conserved, one can derive Newton's laws.

Newton simply re-expressed conservation of momentum, ergo he invented the laws of motion. Conservation of momentum of the other hand is an observation not a theory, no one invented the conservation of momentum, we simply observe it to be so.

Maybe that is a clearer example.

Claude.
 
  • #9
I think that, rigorously speaking, even the most artistical and/or bizarre model of mousetrap fits in the status of discovery, not invention.

Music and its emotional consequences, discoveries, not inventions.

even a pray can be put as invention. Ultimately it is a discovered way to put in words sequences of meanings which express our pain, happiness or anything else.

Perhaps, conscience may be an invention, our pulse of existence.

Best Regards

DaTario
 

What is the difference between discovery and invention?

The main difference between discovery and invention is that discovery refers to the process of finding or uncovering something that already exists, while invention refers to the creation of something new that did not previously exist.

Can a discovery also be an invention?

Yes, in some cases a discovery can also be considered an invention. For example, when a new species or natural phenomenon is discovered, it is also considered an invention because it was previously unknown to the world.

What is an example of a discovery?

An example of a discovery is the law of gravity, which was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton. This law was always present in the universe, but it was not known or understood until Newton's discovery.

What is an example of an invention?

An example of an invention is the light bulb, which was created by Thomas Edison. The light bulb did not exist before Edison's invention, and it was created through a deliberate process of experimentation and design.

Which is more valuable, a discovery or an invention?

Both discoveries and inventions have significant value and can greatly impact society. However, the value of each depends on the specific discovery or invention and its impact on the world. Some discoveries, such as new medical treatments, can greatly improve and save lives, while some inventions, such as smartphones, can greatly enhance communication and productivity. Ultimately, the value of a discovery or invention is subjective and depends on its impact and significance in the world.

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