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8. Eureka experiences

8. Eureka experiences  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0008
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In both the arts and the sciences, genius is sometimes associated with a ‘eureka experience’. ‘Eureka experiences’ assesses the histories behind Archimedes' principles of displacement and ... More
3. The schooling of genius

3. The schooling of genius  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0003
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Can formal education ever instil exceptional creativity? ‘The schooling of genius’ concludes not on the evidence of past geniuses. The educational backgrounds of Indian mathematician, ... More
5. Genius and madness

5. Genius and madness  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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The idea of a connection between genius and madness has a long history. ‘Genius and madness’ considers the beliefs from Aristotle through to the modern day. Three studies of different types ... More
9. Perspiration and inspiration

9. Perspiration and inspiration  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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‘Perspiration and inspiration’ shows that gradual preparation with sudden illumination, dogged work with a eureka experience, are defining features of genius. Various psychological studies ... More
1. Defining genius

1. Defining genius  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0001
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What is genius?‘Defining genius’ describes the modern meaning as an individual who demonstrates exceptional intellectual or creative powers, whether inborn or acquired (or both). There is ... More
2. Family affairs

2. Family affairs  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0002
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‘Family affairs’ discusses the role of parents, siblings, partners, offspring, and grandparents in the creation or nurture of geniuses. There is clearly some relationship between heredity ... More
6. Chameleon personalities

6. Chameleon personalities  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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Is there a personality conducive to genius? ‘Chameleon personalities’ considers this question by looking at personality traits. Personality is now widely tested using a ‘five-factor model’. ... More
8. Art and literature

8. Art and literature  

Anthony Storr

in Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776793
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.003.0008
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‘Art and literature’ explores Freud's attitudes to art and artists. Freud believed that art stemmed from the sublimation of unsatisfied libido. If an individual did not repress their ... More
3. Exploring the past

3. Exploring the past  

Anthony Storr

in Freud: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191776793
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854551.003.0003
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‘Exploring the past’ explores Freud's research on sexual and emotional development. Freud split sexual development into four stages spanning from birth until puberty — oral, anal, phallic, ... More
Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction  

Cynthia Freeland

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.001.0001
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In today's art world many strange, even shocking, things qualify as art. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction discusses beauty, blood, culture, money, museums, sex, and politics, ... More
4. Intelligence and creativity

4. Intelligence and creativity  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0004
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‘Intelligence and creativity’ discusses intelligence and creativity tests to see whether they shed light on what makes a genius. Studies by Lewis Terman and Catherine Cox attempting to ... More
3. Art and anti-art

3. Art and anti-art  

David Hopkins

in Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2004
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Sep 2013
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9780191775611
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802545.003.0004
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For the Dada and Surrealist artists, their artistic productions constantly overlapped: the textual, visual, and performance. Formal ‘beauty’ was regarded as an irrelevant pursuit and the ... More
Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction

Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction  

Geraldine A Johnson

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775833
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803542.001.0001
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Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction provides a broad cultural-historical context for some of the Renaissance's most famous artists and works of art, introducing both ... More
4. The challenge of nature and the antique

4. The challenge of nature and the antique  

Geraldine A. Johnson

in Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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9780191775833
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803542.003.0004
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Much has been written on the meanings that can be inferred from the subject matter of Renaissance art. In general, Renaissance artists aimed to do more than just imitate nature and evoke ... More
5. Portraiture and the rise of ‘Renaissance man’

5. Portraiture and the rise of ‘Renaissance man’  

Geraldine A. Johnson

in Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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9780191775833
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803542.003.0005
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Can the Renaissance be described as embodying the moment when the modern notion of ‘individuality’ and the concept of the self as an autonomous entity first became manifest? The Renaissance ... More
9. Michelangelo: the birth of the artist and of art history

9. Michelangelo: the birth of the artist and of art history  

Geraldine A. Johnson

in Renaissance Art: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191775833
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10.1093/actrade/9780192803542.003.0009
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9780192803542
The notion of the artist as a creative genius and personality is a modern one. Until the Renaissance, many of the objects and images produced would have been viewed first in terms of their ... More
Genius: A Very Short Introduction

Genius: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Robinson

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Feb 2011
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.001.0001
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9780199594405
Homer, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy; Curie, Darwin, Einstein, Galileo, and Newton. What do these world-famous artists and scientists have in common? Most of us would ... More
7. Arts versus sciences

7. Arts versus sciences  

Andrew Robinson

in Genius: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2011
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9780191778056
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10.1093/actrade/9780199594405.003.0007
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‘Arts versus sciences’ considers the differences and similarities between the work and approach of famous scientists and artists. It is generally said that a mathematical of scientific ... More
6. Cognition, creation, comprehension

6. Cognition, creation, comprehension  

Cynthia Freeland

in Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.003.0006
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9780192804631
Does art bear a message in the way language does? What must we know to clarify an artwork's meaning? Can't we just look at an artwork for enjoyment? ‘Cognition, creation, comprehension’ ... More
5. Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls

5. Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls  

Cynthia Freeland

in Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2003
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Sep 2013
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9780191776014
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10.1093/actrade/9780192804631.003.0005
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9780192804631
‘Gender, genius, and Guerrilla Girls’ addresses the relevance of gender and sexuality to art, asking: Is gender relevant to art — to work an artist makes, or to meaning? What about sexual ... More

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