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ISBN-13: 978-0262631990 ISBN-10: 0262631997
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" Insights of Genius is one of very few books to make a serious attempt to place scientific imagery into a wider context alongside creative activities in the visual and linguistic arts. It provides a lucid and fluently written beginning to a huge subject." John D. Barrow , Times Higher Education Supplement"... the best discussion of creativity I have come across." Rudolf Arnheim , Journal of Aesthetic Education



" Insights of Genius is one of very few books to make a serious attempt to place scientific imagery into a wider context alongside creative activities in the visual and linguistic arts. It provides a lucid and fluently written beginning to a huge subject." John D. Barrow , Times Higher Education Supplement "... the best discussion of creativity I have come across." Rudolf Arnheim , Journal of Aesthetic Education

About the Author

Arthur I. Miller is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (March 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262631997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262631990
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Whereas the author's main thesis concerns imagery and intuition as they help (or hinder) scientific progress, I liked this book more simply for its historical detail. Also, it was fascinating for his summaries of philosophy of science (and history of philosophy of science). It is not a book for the science phobic but it is not overly technical. One nice feature is that the philosphical issues continue right up to the "science wars" of the 1990's. It is an excellent book for all students of science
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The author described in the "About the Author" section is not the author of this book. Arthur I. Miller "is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London.[1] He took a PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology." See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_I._Miller
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on August 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a lay reader of the history of science, I expected this book to provide a cogent study of scientific creativity and its parallels in art. I was very disappointed to find the author jumping from one subject to the next, often repeating his language verbatim. His self-congratulatory tone put me off as well. While I appreciate the careful research that must have gone into a book of such ambition, its failure to achieve clarity and momentum left me frustrated.
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5 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2004
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if you have not yet read this book then please dont becasue it is a complete waste of time. is there no limit to how arrogant a writer can get, the flow is incoherent, consatntly skipping from one subject matter to another without ever clearly explaning any of them. Also related is Einstien and Picasso another Miler book not worth reading at all. This book he claims is the deinitive work on Einstien, but it is not much more than a uncomplete biography which would not even cover the facts needed for a GCSE project. Waste of time! he talks about creativity, no where is it seen in any of these two books
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