The myth of creative genius or why most revolutionary innovations are pure smoke

We live in times where innovation, creative genius and the search for the next technological revolution are everything. We all want to know who is the next Mark Zuckerberg, the next Steve Jobs or the next Albert Einstein.

So much so that we project our way of seeing the world about the past and, every so often, texts that talk about the shows great geniuses forgotten that history did not make them justice. But the truth is that most of the time, those great geniuses are justly forgotten. Contrary to what we usually think, inventors often do not exist. At least, if they are not lucky people.

Sellers of smoke (or steam)

Perhaps the best example is the steam engine. That, in fact, should be one of the machines that more times has been invented history. The usual version is that the steam engine was developed and perfected in England between the end of the seventeenth century and the end of the eighteenth century. And that, on the other hand and always according to this version, was the engine of the industrial revolution.