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The Origins of Creativity

The Origins of Creativity
 

In this profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, Edward O. W... read full description below.

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Published 6 November 2018 by WW Norton & Co
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Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
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ISBN-13 9781631494857
ISBN-10 1631494856
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 6 November 2018
International Publication Date 27 November 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
Category Evolution
Popular Psychology
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 200g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 153.35
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

In a stirring exploration of human nature recalling his foundational work Consilience, Edward O. Wilson offers a luminous (Kirkus Reviews) reflection on the humanities and their integral relationship to science. Both endeavors, Wilson argues, have their roots in human creativity-the defining trait of our species. By studying fields as diverse as paleontology, evolution, and neurobiology, Wilson demonstrates that creative expression began not 10,000 years ago, as we have long assumed, but more than 100,000 years ago in the Paleolithic Age. A provocative investigation into what it means to be human, The Origins of Creativity reveals how the humanities have played an unexamined role in defining our species. With the eloquence, optimism, and pioneering inquiry we have come to expect from our leading biologist, Wilson proposes a transformational Third Enlightenment in which the blending of science and humanities will enable a deeper understanding of our human condition, and how it ultimately originated.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As always, Wilson tosses off astonishing insights with charming ease (he's a master of the lyrically short sentence). These profoundly humane meditations on nature, creativity, and our primal yearnings will delight his longtime fans and provide newcomers with the perfect introduction to the career and ideas of one of our most distinguished living scientists--whose high school nickname, I was enchanted to learn, was 'Snake Wilson.'--Jim Holt, author of Why Does the World Exist? From our senior statesman of science comes this fascinating, eloquent, and important reflection on the vital kinship between the humanities and the sciences, the well of creativity fueling them both, and our need as a species to combine their truths to deal with today's demanding problems. It's a message that couldn't be more timely.--Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife Professor Wilson has managed to stay interesting and provocative decade after decade, and this latest volume is no exception. It will make you think long and hard and fruitfully!--Bill McKibben, author Radio Free Vermont With his trademark boundless intellect and elegant writing, Wilson argues that we need both the sciences and the humanities in order to understand the deep origins of what makes us human.--Alan Lightman, physicist, novelist, and professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT Wilson makes a case for blending an understanding of the sciences into the humanities in his latest work, raising provocative questions in the process. Luminous. . . . A concise, thoughtful exploration of how human understanding will be enhanced by 'a humanistic science and a scientific humanities.'

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than thirty books, including Half-Earth, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives with his wife, Irene Wilson, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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