Creativity in Invention and Design

Creativity in Invention and Design

by Subrata Dasgupta
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521068894

ISBN-13: 9780521068895

Pub. Date: 07/10/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Creativity is a topic that has traditionally interested psychologists, historians, and biographers. In recent years, developments in cognitive science and artificial intelligence have provided a powerful computational framework in which creativity can be studied and the creative process can be described and explained. In this book, creativity in technology is…  See more details below

Overview

Creativity is a topic that has traditionally interested psychologists, historians, and biographers. In recent years, developments in cognitive science and artificial intelligence have provided a powerful computational framework in which creativity can be studied and the creative process can be described and explained. In this book, creativity in technology is discussed within such a computational framework. Using an important historical episode in computer technology as a case study, namely, the invention of microprogramming by Maurice Wilkes in 1951, the author presents a plausible explanation of the process by which Wilkes may have arrived at his invention. Based on this case study, the author has also proposed some very general hypotheses concerning creativity that appear to corroborate the findings of some psychologists and historians and then suggests that creative thinking is not significantly different in nature from everyday thinking and reasoning. This book should be of interest to all those interested in creativity, including cognitive scientists, historians and philosophers of science, historians and philosophers of technology, and artificial intelligence researchers. It should also appeal to the general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521068895
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/10/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. ICreativity in invention and design: issues and ingredients
1Creativity, invention and the computational metaphor3
2A computational theory of scientific creativity51
3Maurice Wilkes and the origins of microprogramming: the historical setting65
Pt. IIThe invention of microprogramming: a cognitive explanation
4Prolegomenon91
5The genesis of an idea: creating the initial sketch103
6The evolution of an idea: from initial sketch to mature form125
Pt. IIIReflections on the nature of inventing
7Eight hypotheses about the nature of inventing189
8Epilogue213
App. Table A: Inference rules217
App. Table B: Facts219
App. Table C: Noninference rules222
App. Table D: Goals230
References233
Index243

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