Chase, Chance, and Creativity The Lucky Art of Novelty

ISBN-10: 0262511355

ISBN-13: 9780262511353

Edition: 2003

Authors: James H. Austin

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This first book by the author of Zen and the Brain examines the role of chance in the creative process. James Austin tells a personal story of the ways in which persistence, chance, and creativity interact in biomedical research; the conclusions he reaches shed light on the creative process in any field. Austin shows how, in his own investigations, unpredictable events shaped the outcome of his research and brought about novel results. He then goes beyond this story of serendipity to propose a new classification of the varieties of chance, drawing on his own research and examples from the history of science--including the famous accidents that led Fleming to the discovery of penicillin. Finally, he explores the nature of the creative process, considering not only the environmental and neurophysiological correlates of creativity but also the role of intuition in both scientific discoveries and spiritual quests. This updated MIT Press paperback edition includes a new introduction and recent material on medical research, creativity, and spirituality.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 267
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

James H. Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner for more than threedecades, is Professor Emeritus of Neurology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center andVisiting Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the authorof Zen and the Brain, Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty, Zen-BrainReflections, and Selfless Insight, all published by the MITPress.

List of Illustrations
Preface to the MIT Press Edition
By Way of Introduction
The Meandering Chase
Of Nerves and Neurologists Boston, 1950
Enlarged Nerves Oakland, 1951
Metachromasia New York City, 1953
Microscopic Studies New York City, 1953
Sulfated Lipids Portland, Oregon, 1955
Molecules and Meanderings, 1957
Controls and the Experimental Globoid Response, 1960
Enzymes and India, 1961, 1962-1963
Flashback The Chase, 1942
Tom and Lafora Bodies, 1965
Finger Prints on the Window Filling in the Hole
Overview: What Next? So What?
The Varieties of Chance
Chance and the Creative Adventure
On the Trail of Serendipity
The Kettering, Pasteur, and Disraeli Principles
Personal Encounters with Chance I-IV
The Spanish Connection
The Fleming Effect: Examples of Chance in Biology and Medicine
Never on Monday The Unhappy Accidents
The Roots of Creativity
Some Dimensions of Creativity
The Creative Personality: Pro
The Creative Personality: Pro and Con
Motivations Underlying Creativity
Flashback: Life with Father, 1941
The Search for Novel Stimuli
Right Brain/Left Brain One Brain
The Quest The Quests
The Creative Setting
The Creative Prelude
Moments of Creative Inspiration
Follow Through A More Personal View
All Quiet on the Eastern Front?
Prescription for Creativity
In Closing
Suggested Further Reading
Condensed Plot of The Three Princes of Serendip
Examples of Chance III and IV in Biology and Medicine
Life in a Laboratory Examined
Cast of Characters
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