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The creative mind : myths and mechanisms
Boden, Margaret A.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2004]

Physical Description:
xiii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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BF408 .B55 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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How is it possible to think new thoughts? What is creativity and can science explain it? And just how did Coleridge dream up the creatures of The Ancient Mariner?

When The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms was first published, Margaret A. Boden's bold and provocative exploration of creativity broke new ground. Boden uses examples such as jazz improvisation, chess, story writing, physics, and the music of Mozart, together with computing models from the field of artificial intelligence to uncover the nature of human creativity in the arts.

The second edition of The Creative Mind has been updated to include recent developments in artificial intelligence, with a new preface, introduction and conclusion by the author. It is an essential work for anyone interested in the creativity of the human mind.

Author Notes

Margaret A. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at Sussex University, where she founded the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences in 1987 (now the Centre for Research in Cognitive Science).

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Library Journal Review

Boden (philosophy and psychology, Univ. of Sussex, England) takes issue with Lady Lovelace's declaration that computers cannot be creative in the same way that humans can. She explores the field of computational psychology, which examines human creativity by analyzing computers that can mimic human creative efforts. According to Boden, understanding how computers process information and yield results resembling human creativity can reveal clues regarding how our own brains process information. This may help us to understand the creative process and increase our creative possibilities. Boden's book will appeal more to adults with a scientific bent, but it is also readable for humanities types interested in the subject.-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition Preface
Acknowledgments in a Nutshell
1 The Mystery of Creativity
2 The Story So Far
3 Thinking the Impossible
4 Maps of the Mind
5 Concepts of Communication
6 Creative Connections
7 Unromantic Artists
8 Computer-Scientists
9 Chance, Chaos, Randomness, Unpredictability
10 Elite or Everyman?
11 of Humans and Hoverflies
12 Epilogue