Archimedes' Bathtub: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking

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From Archimedes' discovery of the principle of water displacement while taking a bath to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, from Brunelleschi's development of perspective drawing to the Impressionist revolution, from the taming of fire to the creation of the laser, "breakthrough thinking"--a sudden, seemingly unaccountable moment of inspiration--has shaped and advanced civilization. Nature has invented too, through its amazing innovations that have given us sight, flight, and echolocation. What, if anything, does ...
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From Archimedes' discovery of the principle of water displacement while taking a bath to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, from Brunelleschi's development of perspective drawing to the Impressionist revolution, from the taming of fire to the creation of the laser, "breakthrough thinking"--a sudden, seemingly unaccountable moment of inspiration--has shaped and advanced civilization. Nature has invented too, through its amazing innovations that have given us sight, flight, and echolocation. What, if anything, does human invention have in common with biological evolution? What processes form innovation's mysterious core?

In this sly tour de force of deep analysis and practical exercises, David Perkins explores the common logic behind breakthroughs across many fields, historical periods, and evolutionary epochs. Drawing on a rich knowledge of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, Perkins offers a uniquely integrative theory of how and why breakthroughs occur. He has sprinkled the book with dozens of delightful mind puzzles and illustrations that will have you quizzing whomever happens to be nearest, and will allow you to build your own powers of breakthrough thinking. Uncommonly interesting and uniquely enjoyable, Archimedes' Bathtub is itself a breakthrough--a book likely to find its place among classic works of science marked by clarity, artfulness, and an abiding sense of fun.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The slogan of a prominent ad campaign notwithstanding, creative problem solving requires more than just the ability to "think different." Indeed, argues Perkins, codirector of the Project Zero think tank at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, breakthrough thinking "reflects not unusual things certain minds do but unusual structures certain problems have." Perkins likens these structures to the terrain of the Klondike gold fields, where a few prospectors found wealth but most failed. Unlike the "landscape of reasonable possibility space," in which thinkers can follow clues in logical order, Klondike problems present few discernable clues at the outset and offer many traps and detours in which thinkers can get stuck. Successful navigation of Klondike problems requires a store of active knowledge, the readiness to recognize useful patterns and the ability to break "mental sets," or automatic patterns of assumptions. Perkins's analysis of Klondike space and psychology, which he illustrates with puzzles, jokes, games and problems, is readable, entertaining and highly informative. However, his attempt to show Klondike thinking in computers and in evolution, though stimulating, is less fully developed. Though most of the book appears to be aimed at general readers, a few sections presuppose familiarity with such specialized fields as relativity and systems theory. But even readers who may not fully grasp how Klondike problems relate to "self-organizing criticality" will be able to enjoy this absorbing introduction to cognitive theory. Agent, Ed Barber, Sanford J. Greenberger Associates. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Perkins, co-director of the Project Zero research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, draws on knowledge of artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, and other disciplines to offer an accessible theory of how and why "breakthrough thinking" occurs<-- >sudden, seemingly unaccountable moments of inspiration like those that produced Darwin's vision of evolution, Einstein's Theory of Relativity, and the impressionist revolution. He includes mind puzzles and illustrations to help readers build their own powers of breakthrough thinking. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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From Archimedes' discovery of water displacement to Einstein, this poses connections between human invention and biological evolutionary processes. What is the logic behind breakthrough discoveries across scientific disciplines? Chapters examine how changes in thinking lead to revolutionary findings.
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Perkins finds common cognitive principles underlie the innovative thinking of the world's foremost scientists through the ages and offers up puzzles and exercises to hone readers' creativity. By the end of this book, you may not be thinking exactly like Archimedes, but you're sure to be ready to experience your own "Eureka!" moment.
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More Sophisticated than a mere brainteaser, Perkins' book holds the promise that achieving insight is learnable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393047950
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
I. The Idea of Breakthrough Thinking 1
1. Thinking like Leonardo 3
2. From Sufi Tales to James Bond Thrillers 24
3. The Logic of Lucking Out 44
4. Is There a Science of Breakthrough Thinking? 67
II. The Art of Breakthrough Thinking 89
5. Thinking's Big Bang 91
6. Clues for the Clueless 110
7. Walking through Walls 128
8. Anything but That 145
III. Mind, Brain, and Breakthrough Thinking 165
9. Breakthroughs on Trial 167
10. Is There a Mental Overdrive? 179
11. Presence of Mind 197
12. Knowing Too Much and Forgetting Enough 213
IV. Does Nature Think? 229
13. Evolution Breaks Through 231
14. Blind Minds and Smart Evolution 252
15. Why We're Stuck with Breakthrough Thinking 265
Notes 271
Permissions 283
Index 285
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