A bit of the author's philosophy of ideas:
As all ideas are built upon pre-existing ideas some of which are in physical manifestation, some are merely referenced to others' ideas, and some are the author's ideas, at least believed so by him (J E D Cline.) So the guestimated percentage of newness of each idea listed here is given a quantity. All civilization has been built up from the ideas of all who had preceded the inventor or originator, so in a sense, any high tech idea no matter how unique it seems, is built upon the huge mass of ideas accumulated throughout history by mankind. For example, the microprocessor upon which your computer and cellular phone works from, is based on the integrated circuit, which in turn was based on the transistor. Many precedent ideas besides this series went into each new idea. Ideas are often formed from patterns that are transposed into what seems to be an entirely different field; similarity seen by the idea-maker into form into a new kind of field for the similarity to function within; this is often how the author here conceived these ideas. For example, a crumpled limp loop of rope can be spun into a taught circle in the form of a lasso, and such shaping by the outward centrifugal force on a constrained length hoop is expanded to maintain its hoop shape even when it is spinning around the whole earth in the planetary equatorial plane, its outward centrifugal force in excess velocity to that needed to support its own weight in the gravitational field, is available to maintain the rope-like loop shape and to support weigh along itself which is not spinning in relation to the planet ... such as payload-carrying spacecraft. So the patterns of one discipline, in this case that of a cowboy's lasso is transposed into the discipline of space transportation and space structural support and shaping... yet, still much like that spinning of a loop of rope into a fairly rigid circular-like structure.
Mostly, the "new idea" part, is that part of the whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. It might be stated as "(idea newness) = (the new whole) - (sum of its parts)."
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