Chase, Chance, and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty by James H. Austin

By James H. Austin

This primary ebook by means of the writer of Zen and the mind examines the function of likelihood within the artistic approach. James Austin tells a private tale of the methods in which patience, likelihood, and creativity engage in biomedical examine; the conclusions he reaches make clear the artistic strategy in any field.Austin exhibits how, in his personal investigations, unpredictable occasions formed the end result of his learn and taken approximately novel effects. He then is going past this tale of serendipity to suggest a brand new category of the forms of likelihood, drawing on his personal study and examples from the heritage of science--including the recognized injuries that led Fleming to the invention of penicillin. eventually, he explores the nature of the inventive method, contemplating not just the environmental and neurophysiological correlates of creativity but in addition the function of instinct in either medical discoveries and non secular quests. This up-to-date MIT Press paperback variation contains a new creation and up to date fabric on scientific study, creativity, and spirituality.

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They are among my favorites, and working with them has always been deeply satisfying. I’ve had favorite colors before, and the first I can clearly remember as a small child is the rich olive green color of a crayon. There is nothing subtle about how it became my favorite; it was the color of Palmolive shaving cream with which I watched my father lather up his beard each morning. Later on, reds and blues would echo throughout a series of other experiences. When I was about nine years old I received a chemistry set from my parents.

Jerry Phillips. Bright and hard-working, Jerry had become a serious investigator in the lipid field. I mentioned to him that the unknown lipid was highly metachromatic, and that for this reason part of the molecule should carry a strong negative charge. Going by the analogy with other known molecules in biology, I favored a negatively charged sulfate group over a phosphate group. What did he know about sulfated lipids? This wasn’t Jerry’s m´etier, but he did recall a report in the Federation Proceedings some months back.

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