Genius Explained

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Cambridge University Press, 31 mai 2001 - 221 pagini
The cherished view of genius is that it is a special inborn gift: something mysterious, even miraculous. In Genius Explained, psychologist Michael Howe traces the lives of some exceptionally creative men and women, including Charles Darwin, the Brontë sisters, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Albert Einstein and the railway inventor George Stephenson. Their biographies reveal how the extraordinary capabilities of these people were clearly rooted in the experiences and opportunities that forged their characters. Eschewing mysticism, Howe's study shows that to be a genius demands a strong sense of direction and an extraordinary degree of commitment, focus, practice, ardous training and drive. Michael J.A. Howe is professor of psychology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of A Teacher's Guide to the Psychology of Learning (Blackwell, 1999) and The Psychology of High Abilities (New York University Press, 1999). Previous paperback edition (1999) 0-521-64968-4
 

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The young Charles Darwin
23
The long ascent of George Stephenson
58
Michael Faraday
84
Manufacturing genius
108
Einstein and the prodigies
130
The expertise of great writers
157
Inventing and discovering
176
Born to be a genius?
188
Personalia
206
References
212
Index
216
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