"Usher is an invaluable guide to the world of inventing... To him, every invention inevitably followed a four-step sequence:
- from The Most Powerful Idea in the World by William Rosen
Invention can be characterized as a heroic quest:
However, this explanation relies upon the whims of fate, thus failing to fully acknowledge the environment of invention. With the belief that invention can be cultivated through a prepared mind, and the use of problem spaces, the smart foraging model offers a different view. To learn more about the "Topography of Invention," take a look at Inventive Minds edited by Weber and Perkins.