Fire in the Crucible

Fire in the Crucible

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What makes geniuses different from the rest of us? What is the difference between a prodigy and a genius? Are geniuses born or made? What is creative vision and where does it come from? What are the secrets of talent? And why do great creators seem to have so many oppositions in their personalities? In this mind-expanding investigation of creativity, John Briggs reveals that there is no special trait of genius. Geniuses are not necessarily smarter or more talented than other people, but they give their attention to subtle nuances, contradictory feelings and perceptions that others experience and ignore. By focusing on sensory nuances, geniuses create themselves. Fire in the Crucible offers a compelling exploration of the roots of creativity and genius. Drawing on the lives and work of extraordinary scientists, artists, writers, composers, and inventors, Briggs shows how creative individuals exploit doubt and uncertainty, and the mental strategies and tactics they employ when they work. qIn asking about creativity, q he writes, qwe are really asking about what is best, what is deepest in life.q Fire in the Crucible draws the reader into an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of some of the greatest creative minds of all times -- and allows us to more deeply understand the nature of the creativity in our own lives and work.Einstein himself said in an essay that he felt being in the thick of polarities was important for doing high-level research. Holton believes there were also polarities in Einsteina#39;s themata. So as it turns out, although Einstein had a gut convictionanbsp;...

Title:Fire in the Crucible
Author:John Briggs
Publisher:Red Wheel/Weiser - 2002-01-01


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