Inventology: How We Dream Up Things that Change the World

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 - Creative ability in technology - 270 pages
Find out where great ideas come from.

A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die.

By studying inventions like these -- the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed -- we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers. Pagan Kennedy reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the twenty-first century, as millions of us deploy tools like crowdfunding, big data, and 3-D printing to find hidden opportunities.

Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality. Inventology is a must-read for designers, artists, makers--and anyone else who is curious about creativity. By identifying the steps of the invention process, Kennedy reveals the imaginative tools required to solve our most challenging problems.

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Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World

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Kennedy (Black Livingstone), former innovation columnist for the New York Times Magazine, examines the process of invention, wondering whether there is any formula for success. Kennedy interviews more ... Read full review

INVENTOLOGY: How We Dream Up Things that Change the World

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A journalist delivers an enthusiastic overview of inventions and the researchers that study them. Kennedy (The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

PAGAN KENNEDY was the New York Times Magazine 's Who Made That?" columnist, and is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Black Livingstone, the Barnes & Noble Discover pick Spinsters, and other books. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Dwell, The Nation, and elsewhere.

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