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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Handbook of Research on Creativity

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Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.

Chapter 2: Sources and conditions of scientific creativity

Søren Harnow Klausen

Subjects: business and management, organisation studies, innovation and technology, innovation policy


Creativity is highly valued in science. Scientific genius and scientific discoveries standout as some of the most notable achievements of mankind and serve as paradigms of creative ability. Scientific discoveries are also among the most well-researched manifestations of creativity, but until recently, most theorizing has tended to be speculative and strongly influenced by prejudices. New empirical studies have brought the actual conditions and processes into sharper focus, but due to controversial conceptual assumptions, their significance remains debatable, and many questions concerning the nature of scientific creativity are still left open.

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