In 1859, Whitwell Elwin received an advanced reading copy of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.” Concerned that there would not be a market for it, Elwin suggested that Darwin write a book about pigeons instead. ”On the Origin of Species” has never been out of print since.
This is just one of a plethora of fascinating tales Bill Bryson narrates in his acclaimed book “A Short History of Nearly Everything.” In it, the ex-journalist shares what he discovered during a three-year-long quest to understand the greatest discoveries of science.
What struck me the most about Bryson’s many observations was that, paradoxically, “innovation” has historically been the product not of spontaneous betterment, but of great patience, persistence and partnership.
CIM Magazine is excited to kick off 2010 with a nod to the innovative ideas, processes and people of the mining industry. I say a “nod” as it would necessitate a tome to fully contain the countless contributions of mining to industry and society.
A feature article on strategic mine planning demonstrates that innovation need not necessarily involve the introduction of new technology. It can just as well entail challenging the boundaries of existing assumptions. Our other feature, “Come together,” reveals how academia, government and industry are collaborating to propel Canada’s research agenda, ensuring that our resources industry maintains its global reputation as a breeding ground of innovative ideas and technologies.
Many of these innovations will be front and centre at the upcoming CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010, to be held this coming May in Vancouver, British Columbia. Make sure you check out the preliminary program in this issue and begin planning your itinerary. From the innovative projects and processes explored in an impressive Technical Program to the groundbreaking systems and technologies on display on the exhibition floor, this is your opportunity to be at the centre of the next generation of mining innovation. Fail to attend and you just might end up like Elwin and miss cashing in on the evolutionary ideas driving our industry into the future.
And, speaking of new ideas — we encourage you to share your feedback and story ideas with us here at CIM Magazine, so that we can continue to evolve and grow in tandem with this remarkable industry.