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

Joel Mokyr*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Economy as an Evolving Complex System, III
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Perspectives and Future Directions
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199850495
ISBN (Print)9780195162592
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2005


  • Analogy
  • Darwinian models
  • Evolutionary approach
  • Technological innovation


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