In the Mind's Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People with Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity / Edition 1

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This inspiring book profiles gifted individuals who used nontraditional methods in their work as it explodes many myths about conventional intelligence and charts new vistas for today's computer visualization technologies. Some of our most original intellects—Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carroll, and Winston Churchill—relied heavily on visual modes of thought, processing information in terms of images instead of words or numbers. Thomas G. West examines the learning difficulties experienced by both famous and everyday people, and he explores how recent neurological research shows an association between visual talents and verbal difficulties. In the Mind's Eye probes new data on dyslexics to see how computers enhance the creative potential of visual thinkers, as well as interactive computer applications at all levels of education and work.

Updated with a new preface, epilogue, and expanded notes, this volume could be the clarion call for educators and corporations to mine this untapped resource of highly creative talent in our midst.

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Editorial Reviews

Exposes myths about conventional intelligence by examining the role of visual-spatial strengths and verbal weaknesses in the lives of 11 gifted individuals, including Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. Examines research in neuroscience that shows a link between visual talents and verbal difficulties, and discusses developments in computer technology that herald a shift toward the increased use of visual approaches in business and science. This revised edition offers an expanded list of national and international organizations, and an updated bibliography. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573921558
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 395
  • Sales rank: 585,242
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. West is a writer, lecturer and consultant based in Washington, DC. In connection with In the Mind’s Eye, he has been invited to provide over 200 presentations, interviews and documentary segments for computer, business, education, art, design, scientific and medical groups in the U.S. and fourteen countries overseas.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition 3
Preface 7
1 Slow Words, Quick Images: An Overview 9
2 Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties from the Inside 45
3 Constellations of Traits, Some Neurological Perspectives 73
4 Profiles, Part 1: Faraday, Maxwell, and Einstein 101
5 Profiles, Part 2: Dodgson, Poincare, Edison, Tesla, and da Vinci 131
6 Profiles, Part 3: Churchill, Patton, and Yeats 149
7 Speech and Nonverbal Thought 177
8 Patterns in Creativity 185
9 Images, Computers, and Mathematics 205
10 Patterns, Implications, Possibilities 243
Epilogue 257
Appendices 279
Notes 293
Bibliography 339
Additional Bibliography 371
Acknowledgments 381
Copyright Acknowledgments 383
Index 385
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