- Paperback: 568 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (January 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199737576
- ISBN-13: 978-0199737574
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation 2nd Edition
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"Sawyer has put together a mountain of research from a variety of fields to create a unified approach to understanding how people manage to do something different. His book is readable and learned, origninal, but mindful of its relation to all that other work, and well worth the attention of anyone who wants to think seriously about innovation in the arts and in social organizations."
--Howard S. Becker, author of Art Worlds, Tricks of the Trade, and Outsiders
"An extremely knowledgable, wide-ranging, integrative summary of how the social sciences understand creativity. Keith Sawyer has again produced an intelligent and valuable contribution to knowledge. This is a volume that any scholar or lay-person interested in what creativity entails will want to have."
--Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Founding Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center, and Distinguised Professor of Psychology and Management, School of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
"With the publication of Explaining Creativity, Keith Sawyer has emerged as the leading young scholar and proponent of a sociocultural approach to the study of creativity. And with his remarkable grasp of this young field, Professor Sawyer has written the most comprehensive and compelling work on creativity studies in years."
--David Henry Feldman, Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, and author of Changing the World
"Without doubt Explaining Creativity is the most comprehensive single-volume presentation of what we know about the creative process, person, and product. Besides that, the book is extremely well written. It would be my first recommendation for anyone fascinated with creativity in all of its complexities and manifestations. There's simply nothing better out there for either specialist or general reader."
--Dean Keith Simonton, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis, and author of Origins of Genius
"R. Keith Sawyer's second edition of Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation is so expanded that it is a truly different book from the first edition. The first edition was (correctly) praised and appreciated; the second edition is required reading for anyone interested in the topic. In a just world, Sawyer's thorough and nuanced volume would be the best seller... Sawyer's book is easily the most thorough creativity text on the market." -- James C. Kaufman and Alexander S. McKay, PsycCRITIQUES
About the Author
Dr. Keith Sawyer is one of the world's leading scientific experts on creativity, innovation, and learning. In his first job after graduating from MIT, he designed videogames for Atari. He then worked for 6 years as a management consultant in Boston and New York, advising large corporations on the strategic use of information technology. He's been a jazz pianist for over 30 years, and performed with several improv theater groups in Chicago, as part of his research into jazz and improvisational theater.
His other books include GROUP GENIUS and ZIG ZAG: THE SURPRISING PATH TO GREATER CREATIVITY, and he has published over 80 scientific articles.
Dr. Sawyer is the Morgan Distinguished Professor in Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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But I am dissapointed by the KINDLE version: Many words have a space in the middle, thus splitting them in two. Therefore one cannot be sure to find all instances of a specific term using search. This is a big drawback for an electronic version of the book.
Along the way, Sawyer also solidly debunks some major misconceptions, like the simplistic belief that creativity resides only in the right side of the brain. Moreover, his inside knowledge of music (he's a jazz pianist) enables him to go deeper than most writers when describing the artistic process.
As the author of THE INSANITY HOAX: EXPOSING THE MYTH OF THE MAD GENIUS, I particularly appreciate Sawyer's slam-dunk of the notion that great talent requires great psychopathology. This is the primary focus of my book, while it's just one of his many concerns, but we do criticize the same shoddy research that keeps this unfortunate stereotype in the public mind.
All told, this book is a refreshing change from the usual psychology text: although it's packed full with solid information, it's easy to navigate, and a genuine pleasure to read.