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Valid comment but its analogous to claiming peanutbutter cups aren't novel because peanut butter and chocolate were both well known. There is novelty in being able to synthesize new systems from known elements which frankly I don't believe gets quite the credit it deserves. But that is just me.

The point is of course that being broadly familiar with a number of things can help you put together a novel thing out of a previously unknown combination of those things.

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