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Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last
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MR David Edwards (The University of Oxford UK)
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Creating Things That Matter: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last

MR David Edwards (The University of Oxford UK)


Henry Holt & Company

Management & management techniques;
Research & development management;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Science: general issues;
Inventions & inventors


288 pages

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Most things we create will not matter. This book is about creating things that do, from a master innovator who brings science and art together in his cutting edge labs.

Art and science are famous opposites. Contemporary innovation mostly keeps them far apart. But in this book, David Edwards--world-renowned inventor; Harvard professor of the practice of idea translation; creator of breathable insulin, edible food packaging, and digital scents--reveals that the secret to creating very new things of lasting benefit, including innovations we will need to sustain human life on the planet, lies in perceiving art and science as one.

Here Edwards shares how he discovered a way of creating that transcends disciplines and incorporates the principles of aesthetics. He introduces us to cutting-edge artists, musicians, architects, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, chefs, choreographers, and novelists (among others) and uncovers a three-step cycle they all share in creating things that durably matter. This creator cycle looks unlike what we associate with game-changing innovation today, and aligns the most expressive art and the most revolutionary science in a radical reimagining of how we live. David Edwards and the innovators he profiles belong to an emerging grassroots renaissance flourishing in special environments that we all can make in our schools, companies and homes.

Creating Things That Matter is a book for anyone wondering what tomorrow might be, and at last half believing that what they do can make a difference.

By:   MR David Edwards (The University of Oxford UK)
Imprint:   Henry Holt & Company
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781250147189
ISBN 10:   1250147182
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

David Edwards is a creator, writer, and educator. He teaches at Harvard University and is founder of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work, which spans the arts and sciences, has been featured prominently in the international media, and is at the core of the international artscience movement. He lives with his wife and their three sons in Boston. Edwards is the author of Creating Things That Matter.

Skillfully weaving together both art and science, David Edwards gives us all permission to create in ways that yield meaningful innovation for the world and deep and playful satisfaction for ourselves. --Ellen Langer, author of Mindfulness If you want to understand creators and creativity in our time, this is the book for you. --Howard Gardner, author of Creating Minds

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