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Homo Problematis Solvendis–Problem-solving Man

A History of Human Creativity

Authors: Cropley, David H.

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  • Presents the psychology of creativity and innovation, with the development of technology throughout human history
  • Includes case studies of 30 key innovations from pre-history through to the information age
  • Illustrates the application of the psychology of creativity and innovation to real-world problem solving
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This book presents the history of modern human creativity/innovation through examples of solutions to basic human needs that have been developed over time. The title – Homo problematis solvendis – is a play on the scientific classifications of humans (e.g. Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens), and is intended to suggest that a defining characteristic of modern humans is our fundamental ability to solve problems (i.e. problem- solving human = Homo problematis solvendis).

The book not only offers new perspectives on the history of technology, but also helps readers connect the popular interest in creativity and innovation (in schools, in businesses) with their psychological underpinnings. It discusses why creativity and innovation are vital to societies, and how these key abilities have made it possible for societies to develop into what they are today.

About the authors


David H. Cropley is an internationally recognised expert on creativity and innovation. His teaching interests focus on systems engineering and related concepts, and his research examines a range of aspects of creativity and innovation, both in the field of engineering, and more broadly. David has appeared on "Redesign My Brain" (ABC TV, 2013) and "Life at 9" (ABC TV, 2014) discussing various aspects of creativity. He will appear on a new series of Redesign My Brain in 2015, looking at cognitive flexibility and problem solving.

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“Readable, albeit unusual, study of a handful of inventions from prehistory to the 21st century. …There are a few surprises in the author’s final scores. What reader would guess that the velocipede (an early bicycle) would receive a perfect score of 16 while Gutenberg’s printing press would receive a rather modest score of 12.5?” (T. Timmons, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-8

    Cropley, David H.

  • Measuring Creativity

    Pages 9-12

    Cropley, David H.

  • Prehistory: The Dawn of Invention (<2700 BCE)

    Pages 13-25

    Cropley, David H.

  • The Classical Period (753 BCE–476 CE): The Problems of Empires

    Pages 27-40

    Cropley, David H.

  • The Dark Ages (476–1453 CE): Eastern Creativity

    Pages 41-53

    Cropley, David H.

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eBook 21,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-3101-5
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Softcover 25,99 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Homo Problematis Solvendis–Problem-solving Man
Book Subtitle
A History of Human Creativity
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3101-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3101-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-3100-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 165
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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