21 Apr 2020. By: Shomit Ghose. Shomit Ghose is member of the international advisory board of Open Entrepreneurship. Photo: engin akyurt on Unsplash
What does the jet engine have in common with penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic? Both, as it turns out, were born in 1928, but it took the crisis of the Second World War for either to be brought into the mainstream and deployed. The war’s stresses also served as catalyst to usher in both the nuclear age and the age of computing. All four of these developments then helped lay the foundation for human society for the remainder of the century, and indeed continue to do so today.