The Corner

More Re: A Question of Priority

From a reader:

Mr. Robinson, There is another interesting example of “multiples” related to my

industry and the medium by which you are reading this: Jack Kilby and

Robert Noyce (nearly) simultaneously invented the integrated circuit.

Rather an invention than a discovery, but there’s a fascinating history

there just the same further backing your point, I think.

And from another:

Mr. Robinson,

[W]hen you mentioned the “In the Air” phenomenon, I immediately thought of this exchange on Seinfeld regarding Elaine’s idea for a “Muffin-Top store:”

Elaine: This was my area – you stole my idea!

Mr. Lippman: Elaine, these ideas are all in the air – there in the air!

Elaine: Oh, well, then – if that air is coming out of this face, then it is my air and my idea!

Mr. Lippman: You want a muffin or not?

Elaine: Peach.

It’s too late to put this into your article, of course, Malcolm Gladwell, but feel free to use it in the book.

And for the Tom Wolfe interview that started the string, everybody, click here.

Peter Robinson — Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Most Popular


The Real Reasons American Evangelicals Support Israel

It never fails. Whenever a Republican president makes a controversial or contentious move to support Israel -- such as moving the American embassy to Jerusalem, or yesterday’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights -- you’ll see various “explainers” and other stories that purport ... Read More
White House

Mueller Report Delivered to Attorney General

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday evening delivered a report to attorney general William Barr detailing his nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Barr will now be tasked with deciding what information from the report ... Read More