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Ahmed Okasha
I need examples for the use of the word "breakthrough"
Jun 27, 2015 1:25 AM
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I think this word began to be used in the late 1960s or thereabouts. It meant, specifically, a discovery or invention that represented a huge, sudden progress in something that people had been wanting but failing to do for a long time. Examples: Mercury delay lines were reliable but not random-access. Williams tubes were random-access but not reliable. Magnetic core memory was the breakthrough that led to computers as we know them. Many inventors had been working on incandescent light, but it was Edison who made the breakthrough.
June 27, 2015
Most examples relate to research, where the word is most commonly used - e.g. 'The scientists believe this discovery will lead to a breakthrough in cancer treatment'. But also 'the autistic child's parents found that giving him a computer was a breakthrough in his learning'. 'We had a breakthrough in our negotiations with Mrs Smith, when we asked her son to come along to the meeting'.
June 27, 2015
The neurosurgeon made a breakthrough in his research on certain brain diseases etc
June 27, 2015
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