Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity as Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi

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Overview


Howard Gardner changed the way we think about intelligence. In his classic work Frames of Mind, he undermined the common notion that intelligence is a single capacity that every human being possesses to a greater or lesser extent. Now building on the framework he developed for understanding intelligence, Gardner gives us a path breaking view of creativity, along with riveting portraits of seven figures who each reinvented an area of human endeavor. Using as a point of departure his concept of seven “intelligences,” ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in understanding oneself, Gardner examines seven extraordinary individuals—Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, T.S. Eliot, Martha Graham, and Mahatma Gandhi—each an outstanding exemplar of one kind of intelligence. Understanding the nature of their disparate creative breakthroughs not only sheds light on their achievements but also helps to elucidate the “modern era”—the times that formed these creators and which they in turn helped to define. While focusing on the moment of each creator’s most significant breakthrough, Gardner discovers patterns crucial to our understanding of the creative process. Not surprisingly, Gardner believes that a single variety of creativity is a myth. But he supplies evidence that certain personality configurations and needs characterize creative individuals in our time, and that numerous commonalities color the ways in which ideas are conceived, articulated, and disseminated to the public. He notes, for example, that it almost invariably takes ten years to make the initial creative breakthrough and another ten years for subsequent breakthroughs. Creative people feature unusual combinations of intelligence and personality, and Gardner delineates the indispensable role of the circumstances in which an individual works and the crucial reactions of the surrounding group of informed peers. He finds that an essential element of the creative process is the support of caring individuals who believe in the revolutionary ideas of the creators. And he documents the fact that extraordinary creativity almost always carries with it extraordinary costs in human terms.

Focusing on the moment of each creator's most significant breakthrough, Howard Gardner presents a fascinating look at the nature of genius as seen in the lives of Einstein, Freud, Eliot, Ghandhi, and other giants. Sixth printing.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465014545
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 9/24/1994
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor in Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981. In 1990, he was the first American to receive the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Award in education. In 2000, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. I Introduction
1 Chance Encounters in Wartime Zurich 3
2 Approaches to Creativity 19
Pt. II The Creators of the Modern Era
3 Sigmund Freud: Alone with the World 49
4 Albert Einstein: The Perennial Child 87
Interlude One 132
5 Pablo Picasso: Prodigiousness and Beyond 137
6 Igor Stravinsky: The Poetics and Politics of Music 187
7 T. S. Eliot: The Marginal Master 227
Interlude Two 261
8 Martha Graham: Discovering the Dance of America 265
9 Mahatma Gandhi: A Hold upon Others 311
Interlude Three 354
Pt. III Conclusion
10 Creativity across the Domains 359
Epilogue: The Modern Era and Beyond 391
Notes 407
Bibliography 435
Name Index 451
Subject Index 458
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Outstanding!

    Creating Minds is a very interesting and exciting book very informative, this book is basic examples of the six forms of Intelligences but with examples, I advise you read this along with of course frames of mind !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Good book

    An enjoyable book. The lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, et. al., are endlessly fascinating in their own right, but cross-fertilized in this book makes for intriguing reading.

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