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Sudden genius? : the gradual path to creative breakthroughs

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Creativity takes many forms, but are there characteristics shared by those perceived as geniuses in their chosen domain of art or science? In this highly readable account, Andrew Robinson considers the nature of genius. We begin by looking at the scientific study of creativity. From talent, intelligence, and versatility to memory, dreams, and mental illness, we find that there can be many ingredients to exceptional
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Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; Christopher Wren, Sir; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Jean-François Champollion; Charles Darwin; Marie Curie; Albert Einstein; Virginia Woolf; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Satyajit Ray; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Jean-François Champollion; Marie Curie; Charles Darwin; Albert Einstein; Leonardo, da Vinci; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Satyajit Ray; Virginia Woolf; Christopher Wren, Sir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Robinson
ISBN: 9780199569953 0199569959
OCLC Number: 587229755
Description: xxxv, 371 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Meetings with remarkable creators --
The science and art of breakthoughs. Ingredients of creativity --
Genius and talent: reality or myth? --
Intelligence is not enough --
Strangers to ourselves --
Blue remembered Wednesdays --
The lunatic, the lover, and the poet --
Ten breakthroughs in art and science. Leonardo da Vinci: The Last Supper --
Christopher Wren: St Paul's Cathedral --
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The marriage of Figaro --
Jean-François Champollion: Decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs --
Charles Darwin: Evolution by natural selection --
Marie Curie: Discovery of radium --
Albert Einstein: Special relativity --
Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway --
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The decisive moment --
Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali --
Patterns of genius. Family matters --
Professor of the little finger --
Creative science versus artistic creation --
Is there a creative personality? --
Reputation, fame, and genius --
The 'ten-year rule' --
Genius and us.
Other Titles: Gradual path to creative breakthroughs
Responsibility: Andrew Robinson.


Genius and breakthroughs appear to involve something magical. Andrew Robinson looks at what science does, and does not, know about exceptional creativity, and applies it to the stories of ten  Read more...
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Robinson's book ranges widely and well, and he proves himself adept at explaining complex concepts. * The Sunday Times * Fascinating book...The book's real value lies in its masterly overview of Read more...

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