It is certainly true that more than ten people invent a new process or product for every one who brings it to fruition. Every inventor who has been associated with a new development knows that after he has correctly formulated a problem and invented a really new solution to it, his work has only begun. The next stage is for him to convince at least a few people in positions of power that his invention can actually work. After that he has to demonstrate that the invention can work economically in comparison with existing processes or products. Only then can he proceed to the final stage of putting it on the market and finding out whether it does in practice satisfy the human need concerned.
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