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"There are people who believe in the doctrine of social or historical inevitability: that, when the time is right and no earlier, several people will independently invent what turns out to be a crucial new technology.

"My own theory on this is more cynical; I believe that several people probably invented calculus before either Sir Isaac Newton or Gottfried Wilhelm Liebnitz but couldn't popularize it. In other words, that it's not a question of the time being right for the invention, but one of society being ready to accept the sales pitch popularizing the invention..."

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