- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised edition (January 23, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195108965
- ISBN-13: 978-0195108965
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Notebooks of the Mind: Explorations of Thinking Revised Edition
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In this revised edition of Notebooks of The Mind, Vera John-Steiner combines imaginative insight with scientific precision to produce a startling account of the human mind working at its highest potential. To approach her subject, John-Steiner goes directly to the source, assembling the thoughts of "experienced thinkers" - artists, philosophers, writers, and scientists able to reflect on their own imaginative patterns. More than fifty interviews (with figures ranging from Jessica Mitford to Aaron Copland), along with excerpts from the diaries, letters, and autobiographies of such gifted giants as Leo Tolstoy, Marie Curie, and Diego Rivera, among others, provide illuminating insights into creative activity. What emerges is an intriguing demonstration of how specific sociocultural circumstances interact with certain personality traits to encourage the creative mind. Now, with a new introduction, this award-winning book provides an uniquely broad-based study of the origins, development and fruits of human inspiration.
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