Today’s Idea May Be Tomorrow’s Invention

What ideas do you have that may be tomorrow’s inventions?

In 1602, Italian cobbler Vincenzo Casciorolo noticed a rock that glowed in the dark. He took the rock home, analyzed it, and discovered phosphor. His discovery eventually led to the invention of fluorescent materials. In 1859, French scientist Alex Becquerel built on Casciorolo’s discovery and coated the inside of a glass tube with a phosphorous substance. Working on a hunch, he sent an electric charge through the tube. This experiment failed, but continued innovation led 80 years later to the fluorescent lamp.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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