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One of my favorite books on the inventive process. C.D. Tuska was head of RCA's patent department and co-founder of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) of Hartford, CT (later moved to Newington, CT) and long time editor of their publication "QST". The graphs are of course dated, but C.D. describes in interesting detail the methods of invention which were as true then as they are now. The inventive mind will love the book, and even if they are skeptical about the methods - (no spoilers here) - without a doubt they will find the very methods that are described in the book manifesting themselves in their work. This part of the work is highly entertaining - and it is perhaps the first book that I'd ever read that describes the "happy accidents" - a more modern book with a similar discussion would be "Happy Accidents" by Morton A. Meyers, which is mostly about medical discoveries - but still a good read. That book is here: http://books.google.com/books?id=_zRyD6IRQnkC
Recommended highly to all creative persons.
DJJ Ring, Jr.
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