In this Book

buy this book Buy This Book in Print
summary
This book is about having ideas and—a much longer haul—making them work. David Jones, best known for his Daedalus column, tells many stories about creators and their creations, including his own fantastical-seeming contributions to mainstream science—such as unrideable bicycles and chemical gardens in space. His theory of creativity endows each of us with a Random-Ideas Generator, a Censor, and an Observer-Reasoner. Jones applies the theory to a wide range of weird scientific experiments that he has conducted for serious scientific papers, for challenging printed expositions, and for presentations to a TV audience. He even suggests new ones, not yet tried! Creativity is as essential to science as curiosity, physical intuition, and shrewd deduction from well-planned experiments. But, says Jones, ingenuity is very uncertain—even for the greatest inventors, about 80 percent of ideas fail. Jokiness can help, and so can lots of random data. Jones has copious clever advice that will help you have that madly brilliant private thought in the first place—and will encourage you to take it further! Neither dense nor demanding, The Aha! Moment is engrossing, edifying, and scientifically serious; yet it is lightly written, has many jokes, and asks lots of silly questions. As Jones shows, it can often pay to take an absurd idea seriously.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface: Creativity in My Career
  2. pp. ix-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 1 A Theory of Creativity
  2. pp. 1-24
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2 The Creative Environment
  2. pp. 25-47
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3 Thoughts on the Random Ideas Generator
  2. pp. 48-69
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4 Intuition and Odd Notions
  2. pp. 70-80
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5 Creativity in Scientific Papers
  2. pp. 81-99
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6 Heat and Gravity
  2. pp. 100-108
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7 Astronomical Musings
  2. pp. 109-126
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8 Rotating Things
  2. pp. 127-135
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9 Explosions and Fuses
  2. pp. 136-150
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10 Tricks with Optics
  2. pp. 151-165
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11 Properties of Materials
  2. pp. 166-174
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12 Physical Phenomena I Have Noticed
  2. pp. 175-184
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 13 Odd Notions I Have Played With
  2. pp. 185-200
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 14 Literary Information
  2. pp. 201-211
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 15 Inventions We Need but Don't Have
  2. pp. 212-225
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 16 A List of Silly Questions
  2. pp. 226-244
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 17 A Short Guide to Being Creative
  2. pp. 245-248
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Notes
  2. pp. 249-254
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 255-264
  3. restricted access Download |

Additional Information

ISBN
9781421404066
Print ISBN
9781421403311
MARC Record
OCLC
794700406
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
N
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.