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Propositions about novelty

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Witt, Ulrich

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Abstract The emergence of novelty is a ubiquitous feature in science, technology, and economic life. It is the crucial input to the growth of human knowledge. At the same time, novelty is one of the most amorphous concepts in scientific thought. Theorizing about novelty and its emergence faces notorious problems. This paper explores why this is so and what can be done to deal in a more systematic fashion with novelty. The notion of degrees of novelty is introduced, and its relationship with the concept of uncertainty is discussed. The results of the inquiry are summarized by a number of hypotheses.
Keywords evolution
Classification General Sociology, Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Sociology, Sociological Theories
Free Keywords novelty; creativity; uncertainty; probability; knowledge growth
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 311-320
Journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 70 (2009) 1-2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)