Homo Problematis Solvendis–Problem-solving Man: A History of Human Creativity

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Springer, Feb 5, 2019 - Technology & Engineering - 165 pages

This book presents the history of modern human creativity/innovation through examples of solutions to basic human needs that have been developed over time. The title – Homo problematis solvendis – is a play on the scientific classifications of humans (e.g. Homo habilis, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens), and is intended to suggest that a defining characteristic of modern humans is our fundamental ability to solve problems (i.e. problem- solving human = Homo problematis solvendis).

The book not only offers new perspectives on the history of technology, but also helps readers connect the popular interest in creativity and innovation (in schools, in businesses) with their psychological underpinnings. It discusses why creativity and innovation are vital to societies, and how these key abilities have made it possible for societies to develop into what they are today.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Measuring Creativity
9
The Dawn of Invention 2700 BCE
13
The Problems of Empires
27
Eastern Creativity
41
The Rebirth of Knowledge
55
New Worlds and New Problems
69
The Business of Invention
83
Expansion and Conflict
111
The Science of Creativity
124
The Rise of Complexity
139
The Innovation Scoreboard
153
The Creative Solution Diagnosis Scale CSDS
159
Table of Creativity Scores
162
Bibliography
164
Copyright

Accelerating Change
97

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About the author (2019)


David H. Cropley is an internationally recognised expert on creativity and innovation. His teaching interests focus on systems engineering and related concepts, and his research examines a range of aspects of creativity and innovation, both in the field of engineering, and more broadly. David has appeared on "Redesign My Brain" (ABC TV, 2013) and "Life at 9" (ABC TV, 2014) discussing various aspects of creativity. He will appear on a new series of Redesign My Brain in 2015, looking at cognitive flexibility and problem solving.