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Creativity in the Post-Google Generation

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ISBN 9780674034648

Publication Date: 03/30/2010


208 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


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[Artscience] is less a technical tool than a motivational one: an exhortation for interdisciplinary intellectuals… Edwards infects us with his subjects’ creativity. When the final chapter turns from vignettes to his utopian Laboratoire, we’re rooting for it to succeed.—Alice W. Flaherty, Nature

In his concise book, Edwards, a professor of biomedical engineering at Harvard, shares the stories of people who have found ways to cross this barrier [between art and science]—artscientists, he calls them—and elegantly communicates the catalytic effect of their interdisciplinary leaps.—Daniella Maestretti, Utne Reader

Edwards’ book is something of a manifesto for artscience, and for the need to cultivate more porous cultural, corporate and educational institutions… Arguing passionately for the need for new collaborations between scientists, artists, industry and the social sector, Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation is ultimately a collection of enticing tales from the trenches for would-be practitioners.—Michael John Gorman, The Irish Times

There are scientists, and there are artists. Now, there are art scientists. In his new book, Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation, David Edwards explains how this group of thinkers melds the two disciplines in innovative ways to make lasting and important breakthroughs for the betterment of humanity, culture, academia, and industry.—V. L. Hendrickson, The New York Sun

Edwards attempts in this truly inspiring work to shed light on the perceived dichotomy between the arts and sciences and why it needs to be challenged. He looks closely at the idea of translating concepts or ideas through pure sciences and the arts as they occur in all sectors of life. Essentially, he shows how scientific ideas flourish in the artistic community and how art can inspire science. Edwards takes interdisciplinary thinking to another level, going a long way in demonstrating a kind of symbiosis that can—and for many, does—exist between the arts and sciences. He relates stories of ‘artscience’ innovation in France, Germany, and the United States; discusses his recent founding of Le Laboratoire, an artscience cultural center in Paris; and explains the theory behind his idea of the ‘laboratory.’—Michael McArthur, Library Journal

The tenor of this convivial, onrushing book makes one think that what the best workers in both fields have in common is what this book consistently offers: a great and moving intellectual generosity.—Jay Cantor, Tufts University

ArtScience champions the virtues of interdisciplinary work. Using captivating anecdotes of how both disciplines can enhance each other, Edwards offers one of the strongest and most original contributions to the literature on creativity.—William S. Hammack, commentator for NPR’s Marketplace, and Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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