Creativity in Science: Chance, Logic, Genius, and Zeitgeist by Dean Keith Simonton

By Dean Keith Simonton

Psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, historians - or even scientists themselves - have usually attempted to decipher the foundation for creativity in technological know-how. a few have attributed creativity to a distinct good judgment, the so-called medical process, while others have pointed to the inspirations of genius or to the inevitable workings of the zeitgeist. ultimately, a few have considered medical breakthroughs because the made from likelihood, as witnessed within the various episodes of serendipity. Too frequently those 4 substitute interpretations are visible as together particular. but the significant thesis of this e-book is that the opportunity, good judgment, genius, and zeitgeist views could be built-in right into a unmarried coherent idea of creativity in technological know-how. yet for this integration to be triumphant, switch needs to be increased to the prestige of basic reason. good judgment, genius and the zeitgeist nonetheless have major roles to play yet quite often function insofar as they increase, or constrain the operation of an opportunity combinatorial process.

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