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Useful Knowledge as an Evolving System: The View from Economic History

Joel Mokyr

in The Economy as an Evolving Complex System, III

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162592
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162592.003.0013

Series: Santa Fe Institute Studies on the Sciences of Complexity

Useful Knowledge as an Evolving System: The View from Economic History

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This chapter develops an evolutionary approach to the process of technological innovation. It shows how a theory of knowledge evolution can be executed in a manner analogous to the Darwinian models of evolution in living systems. The chapter warns that while much can be learned from this analogy, there are important differences.

Keywords: evolutionary approach; technological innovation; Darwinian models; analogy

Chapter.  14064 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Systems

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