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This unique anthology brings together material from 38 well-known writers, artists, and scientists who attempt to describe the process by which original ideas come to them. Contributors include Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Amy Lowell, Rudyard Kipling, Max Ernst, Katherine Anne Porter, Henry Miller, Carl Gustav Jung, Mary Wigman, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Henri Poincaré and many others. This edition includes a new foreword which places the work in the context of the new millennium.
Posted October 17, 2002
This is a wonderful set of documents about the process of creation, drawn from a wide variety of fields. If I remember rightly, and it is a long time ago , I learned from this book, the idea of how a ' creative answer ' often comes after first an intense period of work,and then a stop, a distancing from the problem , a rest.The answer comes suddenly often when the person is out walking and seemingly thinking about something else.So E=mc2 supposedly came to Einstein . More poetic and deeper is Wordsworth 's writing of poetry as " the overflow of spontaneous emotion recollected in tranquility " This work is rich in ideas and is a valuable document for anyone who wants to understand their own path in creation , both in their own everyday lives and in the dream they might have of some higher work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.