We are able to see more and farther . . . not at all because of the acuteness of our sight or the stature of our body, but because we are carried aloft and elevated by the magnitude of the giants.
— Isaac Newton, 1676
 

Great thinkers come in many forms and think on many subjects. When it comes to strategy and uncertainty – to venturing in to the new – thinking from any realm may be important. Whether it is Hayek's Nobel acceptance speech or John Rawls' restatement of the original position or Thomas Kuhn challenging positivist assumptions of scientific development or Carl Sagan's skepticism, an investigation and understanding of important ideas is not merely valuable, but essential. Read and enjoy these few; stand on the shoulders of giants.

 
 
  On Induction

On Induction

Bertrand Russell

  One night in    Stockholm

One night in Stockholm

Friedrich Hayek

  Broken windows

Broken windows

James Q Wilson

  Consequences

Consequences

Robert Merton

 
  Scientific discovery

Scientific discovery

Thomas Kuhn

  The veil of ignorance

The veil of ignorance

John Rawls

  The Anthropocene

The Anthropocene

Paul Crutzen

  Tipping points

Tipping points

Malcolm Gladwell

 
  Whither history?

Whither history?

Francis Fukuyama

  Thinking

Thinking

James Rosenau

  A skeptical mindset

A skeptical mindset

Carl Sagan

  Strategic complexity

Strategic complexity

Ralph Stacey