maggiekb at May 30th, 2014 12:29 — #1
jim_r at May 31st, 2014 01:59 — #2
Of course, if she did patent it her next problem would be to live long enough to collect any royalties on it.
israel_b at May 31st, 2014 07:06 — #3
@maggiekb I really like your science articles but in this case I'm not fond of you jumping on the editorialized headline bandwagon.
maggiekb at May 31st, 2014 09:06 — #4
I'm not exactly sure how this is editorializing. Marie Curie was out ahead of a current trend in science/tech where people are talking about making scientific information available broadly. I think it's pretty factual to say that she was a pioneer of open source.
kiptw at June 1st, 2014 14:26 — #5
Radium! What can't it do? Makes crops glow like… sorry, GROW like crazy! Strawberries at the top, sunflowers at the bottom.
(image from http://www.gocomics.com/comic/explore/1418664/17#.U4tv0BaBQ84)
onosendai at June 2nd, 2014 22:39 — #6
While I do agree with the nobility and selflessness of Mme. Marie's decision, I'd like to point out another (and slightly more proper) case of historical open source collaboration: Paris, c. 1900.
Several engineers like Léon Levavasseur, Louis Blériot and the Voisin brothers (among several others) where involved in a highly competitive yet fairly collaborative effort to make the first heavier-than-air airplane. One product of that era is the Demoiselle, released by its creator Alberto Santos-Dumont to the public domain since he believed that 'aviation would be the mainstream of a new prosperous era for mankind'.
(Interestingly enough, a few years later, the Wright Brothers started what later would be called the Patent Wars. Quoting Wikipedia: "The Wrights' preoccupation with the legal issue hindered their development of new aircraft designs, and by 1910 Wright aircraft were inferior to those made by other firms in Europe. Indeed, aviation development in the U.S. was suppressed to such an extent that when the country entered World War I no acceptable American-designed aircraft were available, and U.S. forces were compelled to use French machines.")
maggiekb at June 4th, 2014 12:29 — #7
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