Psychologie van de wetenschap
Pieter van Strien
Creativiteit, serendipiteit, de persoonlijke factor en de sociale context
Psychologie van de wetenschap
€ 49,95
ISBN:
9789089643056
Release date:
25-01-2012
Available:
Directly
Edition:
1rst edition
Edition:
Paperback
Pages:
392
Author:
Pieter van Strien
Psychologie van de wetenschap
[Dutch]

While the number of people involved in scientific research and development is countless, only a chosen few achieve major breakthroughs or inventions that change the world forever. Are these breakthroughs the work of “the lone genius” or “collective intelligence”?
In The Psychology of Science Van Strien sketches a broad picture of recent research into creativity in general, and explains how the current theories came about. He shows most historical revolutionary breakthroughs were the final step in a gradual train of thought that has taken generations to conceive, Chance discoveries (serendipity) being imparted only to the ‘well-prepared minds’.
Citing countless examples Pieter Van Strien deftly illustrates how rivalry and battle for recognition often lead to fraud and plagiarism to uphold the illusion of creativity. He also emphasizes the personal aspect: the characteristics of a creative person and the life experiences that might be relevant to a researcher’s ability to generate creative ideas.
Drawing heavily from Sociology, History as well as the Philosophy of Science Van Strien manages to put the traditional view of creativity into surprisingly different and fresh perspective.