The Mothers of Invention- not just another rock band

rocketFrank Zappa may have named his rock band “The Mothers of Invention” but the original phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” was first printed in 1658 in  Richard Franck’s ‘Northern Memoirs, calculated for the meridian of Scotland‘. The frontispiece of the reprint states that the original was “writ in the year 1658“. It contains this: “Art imitates Nature, and Necessity is the Mother of Invention.”  The phrase denotes that difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions.

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