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Laws of Creation
: Ronald A. Cass and Keith N. Hylton
: Intellectual property, Copyright, Rights to Property, Copyright Law
: Harvard University Press
: 2013
Call Number
: ebook 308
Ringkasan :
Ideas are the engines of progress and prosperity. The first man to realize how to make fire and to use it to cook and provide warmth, the first to domesticate animals, the first to use a wheel to move loads across space, gave their societies an advantage in the race to survive. Hoary examples make ready reminders of the power of ideas, but modern life abounds in illustrations of the way ideas change our world. Consider, for example, that life expectancy at the end of the twentieth century was more than one-and- a- half times what it was at that century’s outset.1 Why? In no small measure, that change reflects the contributions of penicillin and other antibiotics; vaccines to combat smallpox, measles, mumps, polio, and a myriad of other diseases; and advances in agriculture, food preservation, and transportation. Along with the sea change in medical care, better understanding of hygiene, better tools for controlling insects that carry malaria and encephalitis, widespread pasteurization of milk, and refrigeration of food took us from a U.S. childhood mortality rate of thirty per thousand in 1900 to a childhood mortality rate of less than two per thousand in 2000.2 Progress hasn’t been limited to matters of health. Another example is the revolution in the way we communicate, in its speed, cost, and reliability. Communication that was uncertain a century ago has become reliable and instantaneous, allowing people to work together across great distances, the cornerstone on which much of international commerce rests. Where letters traveling by ship and train or pony once took weeks or months to arrive (frequently reaching their destination after the events they were addressing had passed), now discussions can be had across the globe in “real time.”

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