Four British men together led the scientific world in the early 1800s through a simple device: by meeting every Sunday morning over breakfast to talk about science.
The men aimed to launch a new scientific revolution—and they pretty much did.
Charles Babbage invented the modern computer, John Herschel mapped the skies of the Southern Hemisphere and helped invent photography, Richard Jones influenced economics and William Whewell, besides coining the term “scientist,” founded three fields, including the study of tides.
Whewell, in fact, was inventive not only in science itself but in naming discoveries. To list a few, he suggested “Eocene, Miocene and Pliocene” as names of historical epochs, and coined the terms “ion, cathode and anode” in electronics.
Lesson: Bring together your peers to brainstorm on a regular basis.
— Adapted from The Philosophical Breakfast Club, Laura Snyder, Broadway Books.
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