Innovation Generation

Innovation Generation : How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas

By (author) Roberta B. Ness

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Whether you are a student or an established scientist, researcher, or engineer, you can learn to be more innovative. In Innovation Generation, internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta Ness provides all the tools you need to cast aside your habitual ways of navigating the every-day world and to think "outside the box." Based on an extraordinarily successful program at the University of Texas, this book provides proven techniques to expand your ability to generate original ideas. These tools include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing your point of view, reversing your thinking, and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups, to name a few. Woven into the discussion are engaging stories of famous scientists who found fresh paths to innovation, including groundbreaking primate scientist Jane Goodall, father of lead research Herb Needleman, and physician Ignaz Semmelweis, whose discovery of infection control saved millions. Finally, the book shows how to combine your newly acquired skills in innovative thinking with the normal process of scientific thinking, so that your new abilities are more than playthings. Innovation will power your science.

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 480.81g
  • 31 Mar 2012
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Illustrations, map
  • 0199892598
  • 9780199892594
  • 868,205

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Roberta Ness is Dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health and the University of Texas-Houston Vice President for Innovation.

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through 24 short, insightful chapters, Ness provides the reader with plenty of new tools to overcome barriers and encourage innovative thinking. Innovation generation comes at a time when the need for scienti?ic innovation has never been more urgent, and I would recommend that at least one person in every research group read this book and discuss it in their journal clubs. Akshat Rathi, Chemistry World The book is replete with engaging anecdotes, challenging puzzles, and skill-building exercises. It has a useful bibliography that sweeps across the many topics that are relevant to innovation ... it entertains and can be read quickly. The American Journal of Epdemiology, April 2013

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