[Humanist] 23.407 devices prior to uses?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Nov 2 08:55:43 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 407.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 07:54:26 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: devices prior to uses

I'm interested in collecting a few examples of devices, physical or 
otherwise, that were invented prior to any practical application, or 
invented for one purpose but found eventually to have another. Also I 
would like to know about visionary inventions, by which I mean those 
inventions whose eventual application was envisioned but which at the 
time could not be realised.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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