Inventive Minds: Creativity in Technology / Edition 1

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This unique book explores the process of invention and what settings,
conditions, and strategies appear to foster inventive activity.
Historical examples include Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, and more.
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Successful contemporary inventors, historians of science and industry, and cognitive psychologists explore the nature of creativity as it surfaces in technological innovation. They look at classic inventors such as Faraday, Bell, Edison, and the Wright brothers; recent developments in several fields; and the logic and social context of inventions. The 17 papers are from a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195071702
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Oklahoma State University

Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Unphilosopher's Stone 3
I Setting the Stage
1 Perspiration in Perspective: Changing Perceptions of Genius and Expertise in American Invention 11
II Classic Inventors
2 Inventing the Field: Michael Faraday and the Creative "Engineering" of Electromagnetic Field Theory 31
3 A Cognitive Framework to Understand Technological Creativity: Bell, Edison, and the Telephone 48
4 Why Wilbur and Orville? Some Thoughts on the Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention 80
III Contemporary Inventors
5 Electron Microscopy and Microprobe Analysis: Recalling the Ambience of Some Inventions 97
6 The Origin of Soft-Tissue Ultrasonic Echoing and Early Instrumental Application to Clinical Medicine 115
7 The Soil Biotron: An Underground Research Laboratory 142
8 The Synthesis of Diamonds 154
9 The Origin and Development of the First Zeolite Catalyst for Petroleum Cracking 166
10 Discovery and Invention in Polymer Chemistry 178
11 The Genesis of the Antiparasitic Drug Ivermectin 194
IV The Logic of Invention
12 Stone Age Knife to Swiss Army Knife: An Invention Prototype 217
13 The Topography of Invention 238
14 The Analytic Inventive Thinking Model 251
V The Social Context of Inventions
15 Invention in the Industrial Research Laboratory: Individual Act or Collective Process? 273
16 Inventors and Corporations in the Maturing Electrical Industry, 1890-1940 291
17 Technology on the Move: The Role of Patents 311
Conclusion: Effable Invention 317
Biographical Sketches 337
Index 343
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