In 1958 British economist John Jewkes assembled a representative list of about 60 major inventions from the previous half century, ranging from acrylic fiber and the long playing record to television and the zipper. More than half, he found, had come from individuals working on their own. One reason, he wrote, was that "men with great powers of originality are in many ways a race apart." They tend not to play well with others, wrote Jewkes, "because their great gifts arise from the habit of calling everything, even the simplest assumptions, into question.

— John Jewkes on inventions  

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