Cases of Invention

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1210–1212. Reviews the book, Inventive Minds: Creativity in Technology edited by Robert J. Weber and David N. Perkins (1992). In their book Inventive Minds Creativity in Technology, Weber and Perkins explicitly examine how creativity manifests itself in practical work. To address this issue, they assembled an impressive panel of historians, inventors, and psychologists who examine, in some detail, the work leading up to the development of various new technologies. In the first section of this book, the authors of each chapter use historic sources to examine the development of powered flight, electric motors, and the telephone. The next section describes the origins of a number of recent innovations, such as the electron microscope, polymer condensation, and diamond synthesis, through firsthand accounts by the inventors who played a key role in these breakthroughs. The later chapters try to tie together the psychological themes apparent in these case studies and show how the development of these technologies was influenced by the environment of the local laboratory, maturation of the industry, and government policy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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