The wright brothers were bicycle craftsmen. Watts was not a professor of thermodynamics. Their sciences did not exist at his time. was their machines the ones that created the possibility of the experiences and the experiments from which their respective sciences born.
Nassim Taleb talks a lot about it
"Consider Britain, whose historic rise during the Industrial
Revolution came from tinkerers who gave us innovations like iron
making, the steam engine and textile manufacturing. The great names of
the golden years of English science were hobbyists, not academics:
Charles Darwin, Henry Cavendish, William Parsons, the Rev. Thomas
Bayes. Britain saw its decline when it switched to the model of
America has emulated this earlier model, in the invention of
everything from cybernetics to the pricing formulas for derivatives.
They were developed by practitioners in trial-and-error mode, drawing
continuous feedback from reality. To promote antifragility, we must
recognize that there is an inverse relationship between the amount of
formal education that a culture supports and its volume of
trial-and-error by tinkering. Innovation doesn't require theoretical
instruction, what I like to compare to "lecturing birds on how to
That mythical inversion, from science to technology instead of the other way around, is an ideological product of Rationalism -in any of their forms- that understand that there is nothing in the human mind that gives truth with the exception of conscious rational rules. So all must come from outside, in the form of rules discovered by special, enlightened people.
So a bicycle artisan can never invent an airplane, a person can not learn English without knowing grammar. no one can play an instrument without knowing the musical notation. And no one can learn a discipline without interiorizing academic, antipedagogical, harsh manuals full of formulae, pedantic notations and formalisms
devoid of humanity, history and contact with reality.
People does not learn by assimilating rational rules. rational rules were not in the nature falling from the threes. People learn by examples. The rationalization and abstraction is a posteriori. Any person that learn must reproduce in his mind the process of the man that discovered it. Just give them examples. Or even better: give them your history of problems that you tried to solve with your discovery, as well as your failed alternatives essayed.