Eureka Effect: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking

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"Perkins' style is engaging—not for eggheads only—and the brainteasers are entertaining and surprisingly fresh."—Chicago Tribune
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"—that is, a sudden, seemingly unaccountable moment of inspiration—has shaped and advanced ...

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Overview

"Perkins' style is engaging—not for eggheads only—and the brainteasers are entertaining and surprisingly fresh."—Chicago Tribune
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"—that is, a sudden, seemingly unaccountable moment of inspiration—has shaped and advanced civilization. But Nature invents, too—through evolutionary watersheds like vertebrate mammals and formerly grounded creatures making the leap to flight. How, then, does breakthrough thinking really work? What, if anything, does human invention have in common with biological evolution? Drawing on a rich knowledge of artificial intelligence and cognitive psychology, David Perkins offers a uniquely integrative theory of how breakthroughs occur, along with dozens of delightful mind puzzles and illustrations that will have you quizzing whomever happens to be nearest. B/W line drawings. Published in hardcover as Archimedes' Bathtub. "This cornucopia of brain-teasers tests your mettle, sharpens your skills, and illuminates the mysteries of human problem-solving."—Howard Gardner, Harvard University, author of The Disciplined Mind

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Chicago Tribune
Perkins' style is engaging—not for eggheads only—and the brainteasers are entertaining and surprisingly fresh.
Howard Gardner
This cornucopia of brain-teasers tests your mettle, sharpens your skills, and illuminates the mysteries of human problem-solving.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393322552
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Perkins co-directs the think tank "Project Zero" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has authored books on mind, intelligence, creativity, and learning.

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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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