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The Man Who Saw TomorrowThe Life and Inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky$
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Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037532

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.001.0001

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Science, Art, and Creativity

Science, Art, and Creativity

Chapter:
(p.225) Interlude: Science, Art, and Creativity
Source:
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Author(s):

Lillian Hoddeson

Peter Garrett

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037532.003.0018

This brief interlude develops certain key themes of the book, centered on Ovshinsky’s ideas about creativity and his own creative efforts. It reviews Ovshinsky’s intuitive approach to science, his use of visualization and analogical thinking, his rejection of conventional disciplinary divisions, his self-expression through art, fiction and poetry, and his sense of the continuities between art and science. A selection of Ovshinsky’s artwork is included, including several of the spontaneous and talented caricatures he made throughout his life while on the phone or in conferences. Ovshinsky considered scientific research and speculation as an equally creative form of “civilization”; as an example a final section describes his theoretical study of cosmology with Hellmut Fritzsche, which was among Ovshinsky’s “relaxations” in his later years.

Keywords:   visualization, art and science, analogical thinking, intuition, cosmology

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