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The Discovery of Discovery

Tenney, Charles D.

 The basis of this volume is the lifetime work of philosopher Charles Dewey Tenney, Academic Vice-President of Southern Illinois University. After wide reading, he "developed the thesis that at certain stages in history man had become aware of the process of discovery with the result that he was able to make better use of his creative energies" (p. xxi). In 14 essays he discusses various factors that could be involved in creativity, illustrating his points with quotations from hundreds of creative minds in the arts, literature, science, and politics throughout recorded history. The titles of the 14 sections, each devoted to an aspect of discovery, are: Discovery, Invention, and Creation; Roots of Discovery; Environs of Discovery; Agents of Discovery; Hindrances to Discovery; Observation and Discovery; Reason in Discovery; Reverie and Discovery; Imagination in Discovery; Sensibility and Discovery; Method in Discovery; Artistry in Discovery; Diffusion; and Foresight and Discovery. There is a 27-page bibliography on the discovery of discovery.
Publisher Information:Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991. 812p. Author Index: 803-812; Bibl: 765-802; 254 refs
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