“I have never kept count of the many inventions I made but it must run into the hundreds. Most of them were trivial, such as a wax pencil that would write clearly on cold wet glassware straight from a refrigerator. It was published as one of my first letters to Nature in 1945.”
“A Rough Ride to the Future” by James Lovelock. Blake said it: it is all about ‘minute particulars’. Of a piece.