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There is a distinction between invention and innovation, which June Huntington illustrates in her chapter by quoting from Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline:
that cold clear morning...when the fragile aircraft of Wilbur and Orville Wright proved that powered flight was possible. Thus was the airplane invented; but it would take more than thirty years before commercial aviation could serve the general public. Engineers say that a new idea has been `invented' when it is proven to work in the laboratory. The idea becomes an `innovation' only when it can be replicated on a meaningful scale at practical cost.
Future Options for General Practice, edited and introduced by …