Thursday, February 9, 2012

Previous References

According to Google, the sole preexisting reference to "serendipitology" used as a word appears in a 2007 computer science thesis by Martijn van Veelen in the Netherlands: Considerations on Modeling for Early Detection of Abnormalities in Locally Autonomous Distributed Systems.

In a footnote page 216, the word is defined....
    Serendipitology is the art of developing methodologies for revealing a priori undefined abnormalities. Serendipitology includes systematic approaches in pursuit of effective intuitive methods
Um, I guess that's an accurate definition, but the author didn't go anywhere with it. It's like the Vikings discovering America before Columbus. They don't get the credit because they didn't make a website!

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