Originally Posted by pete's montreux
We developed it as we needed it.
That's a cop out.
Just as people died for centuries when there was a need for antibiotics. It should have been invented millenia before when needed, but it didn't happen, discovery.
Just as there was a need for large scale manufacturing, without large scale power to supply machines, it didn't happen until electricity was stumbled upon.
Development in terms of invention out of neccessity is a fallacy. Development comes out of invention through discovery, intentional or unintentional.