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Creativiteit in wetenschap. Een historisch-psychologische analyse

(1998) Faas, Erik Leonard

In Greek mythology the impenetrability of creativity led to the portrayal of creative minds as divine or satanic creatures. Creative achievements were seen as the result of supernatural powers. Although contemporary appreciation of creativity has not diminished, nowadays the explanation for exceptional creativity is commonly sought in the mind of individuals. The general belief is that creative minds distinghuish themselves because they are gifted with particular mental or cognitive abilities.
This book about exceptional creativity in science challenges the latter view. It is argued that in order to understand the accomplishments of men like Copernicus, Einstein, or Freud it is not sufficient to study only the person deemed creative. In this book it is contended that other people are of essential importance to 'creative minds'. ...

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