What's New Under the Sun

Matt Clancy
What academia knows* about innovation
Created 01 Dec 2019
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  • Money! Novelty! Coworkers!
    11 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    One reason I built a website version of this substack was so that I could update existing articles to keep them current. From time to time, I will use this substack to highlight recent updates. This w...
  • Combinatorial innovation and technological progress in the very long run
    04 Nov 2021 • 17 min read • 5 5
    Like the rest of New Things Under the Sun, this article will be updated as the state of the academic literature evolves; you can read the latest version here. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series imagines...
  • Conservatism in science
    12 Oct 2021 • 14 min read • 6 3
    Like the rest of New Things Under the Sun, this article will be updated as the state of the academic literature evolves; you can read the latest version here. It might seem obvious that we want bold n...
  • Remote Work and the Future of Innovation
    01 Oct 2021 • 19 min read • 7 3
    Note: This is the second “argument” essay on New Things Under the Sun. These longer pieces make bigger arguments, drawing on the narrower “claims” articles normally published. Like the rest of New Thi...
  • Science as a map of unfamiliar terrain
    08 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Hello! Here’s what’s new this week on New Things Under the Sun: New Articles I’ve put up a new article titled Science as a map of unfamiliar terrain. From the introduction: Two things seem to be true:...
  • The Future of New Things Under the Sun
    30 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 7 2
    Hi everyone, Happy to announce the next phase in the evolution of New Things Under the Sun: newthingsunderthesun.com ! The mission of New Things Under the Sun (.com) is to convey, in an accessible way...
  • The "idea" of being an entrepreneur
    13 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 11 0
    What kinds of things make someone decide to try and solve some problem, instead of accepting it? Economists tends to think in terms of broad costs and benefits: if the expected benefits from innovatin...
  • Entrepreneurship is contagious
    05 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 3 0
    Is entrepreneurship contagious? Consider a few cases: Two different teams of scientists make substantially the same discovery at roughly the same time. One of the teams goes on to found a startup base...
  • An example of successful innovation by distributed teams: academia
    13 Jul 2021 • 15 min read • 4 0
    Note: if you’re a regular reader of New Things of the Sun and have a few minutes, please fill out this short survey. Thanks! It’s long been assumed that the best sorts of innovation happen when smart ...
  • No editors -> no publication bias?
    29 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Science has a problem. There is an element of unavoidable randomness in research. Combine that with a propensity to disproportionately publish notable research, and you end up with two factors that di...
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