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Templates for invention in the mathematical and physical sciences with applications to optics
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

Some of the greatest mathematicians and scientists in history have made their most important contributions by applying unsystematically one of three general patterns or templates for inventions. Here, for the first time to my knowledge, these templates are stated explicitly and illustrated with examples from optics. I call them The Do- Nothing Machine, The Continuous Extension, The Up-Down Paradigm, and The Reversal of Fortune.

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Date Published: 6 July 2001
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4392, Optical Processing and Computing: A Tribute to Adolf Lohmann, (6 July 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.432788
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H. John Caulfield, Fisk Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4392:
Optical Processing and Computing: A Tribute to Adolf Lohmann
David P. Casasent; H. John Caulfield; William J. Dallas; Harold H. Szu, Editor(s)

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