Sudden Genius

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191624926
Format: PDF
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The highly admired scientist Linus Pauling, a double Nobel laureate in chemistry and peace, was once asked by a student. 'Dr Pauling, how do you have so many good ideas?' Pauling thought for a moment and replied: 'Well, David, I have a lot of ideas and throw away the bad ones.' Where do ideas come from? Why do some people have many more of them than others? How do you distinguish the good ideas from the bad? Most intriguing of all, perhaps, why do the best ideas sometimes strike in a flash of 'sudden genius'? These questions are the subject of this book. Andrew Robinson explores the exceptional creativity in both scientists and artists by following the trail that led ten individuals from childhood to the achievement of a famous creative breakthrough as an adult, in archaeology, architecture, art, biology, chemistry, cinema, music, literature, photography, and physics. Broken into three parts, the book begins with the scientific study of creativity, covering talent, genius, intelligence, memory, dreams, the unconscious, savant syndrome, synaesthesia, and mental illness. The second part tells the stories of five breakthroughs by scientists and five by artists, ranging from Curie's discovery of radium and Einstein's theory of special relativity to Mozart's composing of The Marriage of Figaro and Virginia Woolf's writing of Mrs Dalloway. Robinson concludes by considering what highly creative people who achieve breakthroughs have in common; whether breakthroughs in science and art follow patterns; and whether they always involve imaginative leaps and even 'genius'.

Denk mal 2017

Author: Harald Welzer
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104038325
Format: PDF, Docs
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In diesem Band sind einige der klügsten Köpfe der Gegenwart versammelt. Sie bieten uns ein Kaleidoskop an Ideen, Impulsen und Anregungen zum Nachdenken, die uns Hinweise und Antworten auf die wichtigsten Fragen unserer Zeit liefern. Das klügste Geschenk des Jahres! Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Tilman Allert, Güner Balci, Martin Seel, Harald Welzer, Nils Minkmar und Ahmad Mansour.

Genius A Very Short Introduction

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199594406
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The first concise study of genius in both the arts and the sciences, using the life and work of famous geniuses to illuminate this phenomenon.-publisher description.

Und pl tzlich macht es KLICK

Author: Bas Kast
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104029121
Format: PDF, Kindle
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**Bestsellerautor Bas Kast über Kreativität, Inspiration und Innovation – denn gute Ideen sind mehr als Geistesblitze!** Kreativ kann jeder! Kreativ, das ist man oder ist es nicht. Kreativ sind Genies und Designer mit Hornbrillen. Stimmt das? Bas Kast hat sich auf den Weg gemacht und selbst nachgeforscht. In Theorie und Praxis. Er hat den Stand der Wissenschaft und die neuesten Erkenntnisse aus kognitiver Psychologie und Hirnforschung ausgewertet und die vielversprechendsten Methoden selbst überprüft. Er hat sich als Versuchskaninchen zur Verfügung gestellt, sich Datenbrillen aufgesetzt, sein Gehirn verkabeln lassen, sich in virtuelle Welten verirrt und sein Brot andersherum geschmiert. So ist ein ungemein lebendiges Wissenschaftsbuch entstanden, das die Tipps und Tricks der Kreativitätsgurus hinterfragt und uns Werkzeuge an die Hand gibt, um unsere ganz individuelle Kreativität zu entdecken. ... dann macht es plötzlich KLICK!

Bla Bla Bla

Author: Dan Roam
Publisher: Redline Wirtschaft
ISBN: 3864142725
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Komplexe Sachverhalte, umständlich erklärt und obendrein langweilig dargestellt – oder kurz: Bla Bla Bla. So empfinden wir nicht selten die wortreichen Vorträge und Power-Point-Präsentationen, die uns in Meetings, Seminaren und Fortbildungen einschläfern. Kein Wunder, dass wir das meiste wieder sofort vergessen. Mit Dan Roams neuem Band ist Schluss damit. Er führt anschaulich vor, wie das bewährte Prinzip des Storytellings seine inspirierende Wirkung voll entfaltet: in Kombination mit Bildern, Skizzen, Entwürfen oder ganzen Bildgeschichten. Ein Bild sagt mehr als 1000 Worte. Wenn man sich diese Tatsache geschickt zunutze macht, hat man das probate Gegenmittel für Langeweile und Vergessen. Und man lernt, wie man richtig Stoff sondiert, ihn strukturiert und schlussendlich präsentiert. Dan Roam sagt, was zu tun ist, wenn Worte ihren Dienst versagen – oder besser: Er zeigt es uns anschaulich in Bildern, Zeichnungen und Skizzen.

Genius Unmasked

Author: Roberta Ness
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199976619
Format: PDF, ePub
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Genius can seem incomprehensible even to seasoned researchers. Einstein's theory of special relativity, Rutherford's glimpse into the invisible heart of the atom--such astonishing breakthroughs seem almost magical--like bolts of insight arising from nowhere. Genius Unmasked reveals the true nature of genius, taking the reader on a journey through the lives and minds of more than a dozen brilliant scientists, ranging from Darwin, Einstein, Edison, and Pasteur, to such lesser known but important innovators as Maria Montessori. Their stories are truly compelling, and at time inspiring, but, more important, Roberta Ness uses these stories to highlight a cognitive tool box that anyone can employ. Ness, an authority on innovation, outlines eleven basic strategies--including finding the right question, observation, analogy, changing point of view, dissection, reorganization, the power of groups, and frame shifting. Beginning with Charles Darwin, who left behind a voluminous trail of writing that preserved his thinking process, Ness illuminates his use of all eleven tools. Indeed, for each genius, she combines a fascinating narrative of their creative work with an astute analysis of how they used particular tools to achieve their breakthroughs. We see how Ancel Keys, the father of the Mediterranean diet, used the "power of groups"--enlisting a team of statisticians, nutritionists, physiologists, and physicians--to track the health benefits of exercise and diet. How Paul Baran conceived packet switching--the idea that made the internet possible--through analogy with the neurological networks of the brain. And how Maria Montessori overturned the conventional frame of thinking about the role of children in education. Genius Unmasked shows how the most creative minds in science used tools that can help us improve our creative abilities. Geniuses are not omnipotent. They are just very skilled at employing the creativity toolbox highlighted in this book.

Cells to Civilizations

Author: Enrico Coen
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400841658
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Cells to Civilizations is the first unified account of how life transforms itself--from the production of bacteria to the emergence of complex civilizations. What are the connections between evolving microbes, an egg that develops into an infant, and a child who learns to walk and talk? Award-winning scientist Enrico Coen synthesizes the growth of living systems and creative processes, and he reveals that the four great life transformations--evolution, development, learning, and human culture--while typically understood separately, actually all revolve around shared core principles and manifest the same fundamental recipe. Coen blends provocative discussion, the latest scientific research, and colorful examples to demonstrate the links between these critical stages in the history of life. Coen tells a story rich with genes, embryos, neurons, and fascinating discoveries. He examines the development of the zebra, the adaptations of seaweed, the cave paintings of Lascaux, and the formulations of Alan Turing. He explores how dogs make predictions, how weeds tell the time of day, and how our brains distinguish a Modigliani from a Rembrandt. Locating commonalities in important findings, Coen gives readers a deeper understanding of key transformations and provides a bold portrait for how science both frames and is framed by human culture. A compelling investigation into the relationships between our biological past and cultural progress, Cells to Civilizations presents a remarkable story of living change.

Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN: 1599474263
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In the evolution of science and technology, laws governing exceptional creativity and innovation have yet to be discovered, yet there has been considerable progress in understanding. Exceptional Creativity in Science and Technology invites a diverse group of exceptional thinkers to explore the many facets of the creative process.

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199942900
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In 1799 Napoleon's army uncovered an ancient stele in the Nile delta. Its inscription, recorded in three distinct scripts--ancient Greek, Coptic, and hieroglyphic--would provide scholars with the first clues to unlocking the secrets of Egyptian hieroglyphs, a language lost for nearly two millennia. More than twenty years later a remarkably gifted Frenchman named Jean-Francois Champollion successfully deciphered the hieroglyphs on the stele, now commonly known as the Rosetta Stone, sparking a revolution in our knowledge of ancient Egypt. Cracking the Egyptian Code is the first biography in English of Champollion, widely regarded as the founder of Egyptology. Andrew Robinson meticulously reconstructs how Champollion cracked the code of the hieroglyphic script, describing how Champollion started with Egyptian obelisks in Rome and papyri in European collections, sailed the Nile for a year, studied the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (a name he first coined), and carefully compared the three scripts on the Rosetta Stone to penetrate the mystery of the hieroglyphic text. Robinson also brings to life the rivalry between Champollion and the English scientist Thomas Young, who claimed credit for launching the decipherment, which Champollion hotly denied. There is much more to Champollion's life than the Rosetta Stone and Robinson gives equal weight to the many roles he played in his tragically brief life, from a teenage professor in Revolutionary France to a supporter of Napoleon (whom he met), an exile, and a curator at the Louvre. Extensively illustrated in color and black-and-white pictures, Cracking the Egyptian Code will appeal to a wide readership interested in Egypt, decipherment and code-breaking, and Napoleon and the French Revolution.