Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People

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Discover the cognitive tools that lead to creative thinking and problem-solving with this “well-written and easy-to-follow” guide (Library Journal).
 
Explore the “thinking tools” of extraordinary people, from Albert Einstein and Jane Goodall to Mozart and Virginia Woolf, and learn how you can practice the same imaginative skills to become your creative best. With engaging narratives and examples, Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein investigate cognitive tools such as observing, recognizing patterns, modeling, playing, and more.
 
Sparks of Genius is “a clever, detailed and demanding fitness program for the creative mind” and a groundbreaking guidebook for anyone interested in imaginative thinking, lifelong learning, and transdisciplinary education (Kirkus Reviews).
 
“How different the painter at the easel and the physicist in the laboratory! Yet the Root-Bernsteins recognize the deep-down similarity of all creative thinking, whether in art or science. They demonstrate this similarity by comparing the accounts that various pioneers and inventors have left of their own creative processes: for Picasso just as for Einstein, for Klee just as for Feynman, the creative impulse always begins in vision, in emotion, in intuition. . . . With a lavishly illustrated chapter devoted to each tool, readers quickly realize just how far the imagination can stretch.” —Booklist
 
“A powerful book . . . Sparks of Genius presents radically different ways of approaching problems.” —American Scientist
 

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Contents

1 Rethinking Thinking
1
2 Schooling the Imagination
14
3 Observing
30
4 Imaging
50
5 Abstracting
70
6 Recognizing Patterns
92
7 Forming Patterns
115
8 Analogizing
136
12 Modeling
226
13 Playing
246
14 Transforming
270
15 Synthesizing
296
16 Synthesizing Education
316
Notes
331
Bibliography
344
MindsOn Resources
365

9 Body Thinking
160
10 Empathizing
182
11 Dimensional Thinking
202
Illustration Credits
374
Index
378
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Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein have been studying and consulting on creativity for more than a decade. Robert, a professor of physiology at Michigan State University and the winner of a MacArthur Fellowship, has also written Discovering: Inventing and Solving Problems at the Frontiers of Scientific Knowledge. Michèle, an award-winning historian, has written about and taught history and creative writing. Together the Root-Bernsteins are the authors of Honey, Mud, Maggots, and Other Medical Marvels.

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