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Creativity in Invention and Design - Subrata Dasgupta

Creativity in Invention and Design

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Published: 24th June 1994
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Creativity is a topic that has traditionally interested psychologists, historians and biographers. In recent years, developments in cognitive science and artificial intelligence have provided a powerful computational framework in which creativity can be studied and the creative process can be described and explained. In this book, creativity in technology is discussed using such a computational approach. Using an important historical episode in computer technology as a case study, namely the invention of microprogramming by Maurice Wilkes in 1951, the author presents a plausible explanation of the process by which Wilkes may have arrived at his invention. Based on this case study, the author has also proposed some very general hypotheses concerning creativity that appear to corroborate the findings of some psychologists and historians and then suggests that creative thinking is not significantly different in nature from everyday thinking and reasoning.

"Dasgupta offers an interesting and successful attempt to begin the work of understanding the creative process in the mind...His enthusiasm for the subject is obvious and infectious." Choice

Preface
Acknowledgments
Creativity in invention and design: issues and ingredients
Creativity, invention and the computational metaphorp. 3
A computational theory of scientific creativityp. 51
Maurice Wilkes and the origins of microprogramming: the historical settingp. 65
The invention of microprogramming: a cognitive explanation
Prolegomenonp. 91
The genesis of an idea: creating the initial sketchp. 103
The evolution of an idea: from initial sketch to mature formp. 125
Reflections on the nature of inventing
Eight hypotheses about the nature of inventingp. 189
Epiloguep. 213
App. Table A: Inference rulesp. 217
App. Table B: Factsp. 219
App. Table C: Noninference rulesp. 222
App. Table D: Goalsp. 230
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9780521430685
ISBN-10: 0521430682
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 24th June 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 16.05  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.51