Flight from Wonder: An Investigation of Scientific Creativity

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

byAlbert Rothenberg

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Scientific breakthroughs have had far-reaching social and physical effects on modern civilization, yet until recently, there have been relatively few investigations into the nature of scientific creativity itself. Flight from Wonder reports the findings from an empirical study of 42 Nobellaureates in science from the United States and Europe concerning the creative processes that yield scientific innovation. To this end, Albert Rothenberg designed an interview scheme to delineate the content and sequences of processes that lead scientists to specific creative achievements. Heconducted interviews with Nobel laureates in the fields of medicine, physiology, physics, and chemistry while carrying out matching interviews with a control group consisting of twelve accomplished engineers on the faculty of a leading engineering university. Rothenberg's results demonstrate that the Nobel laureates perform three distinct cognitive creative processes to achieve key formulations and discoveries; the detailed nature and structure of these findings were reviewed and corroborated by each of the Nobel laureates. To supplement his findings,Rothenberg engages with autobiographical accounts and work-in-progress manuscripts pertaining to the creative discoveries of outstanding scientists of the past including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Max Planck, Neils Bohr, Hideki Yukawa, and James Watson. The book will interest students andgeneral science readers fascinated by the development of scientific inquiry and innovation.

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Scientific breakthroughs have had far-reaching social and physical effects on modern civilization, yet until recently, there have been relatively few investigations into the nature of scientific creativity itself. Flight from Wonder reports the findings from an empirical study of 42 Nobellaureates in science from the United States and ...

Albert Rothenberg, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, Harvard University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Search for Creativity2. Research on Creativity: Scientific and General3. Empirical Background and Bases for the Investigation4. The Janusian Process in Scientific Creativity5. The Homospatial Process in Scientific Creativity6. The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Scientific Creativity7. Creative Emotions and Motivations8. Empirical Design: Methodology and Subjects9. The Janusian Process in Creative Discovery10. The Homospatial Process in Creative Discovery11. The Sep-Con Articulation Process in Creative Discovery12. Creative Emotions and Scientific Discovery13. Collaborators14. Developmental Background15. Comparison Control Group16. Flight from WonderNotes