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Honors Seminars Fall 2012

The creative process in science--realities, comparisons, and cultural perceptions

Course:
HON 310 Sec:002  
Credit:
3 hours  
GER Cat:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives  
Time:
10:15-11:30  
Days:
TuTh  
Location:
HVC Multipurpose Room  
Instructor:
Dr. Richard L. Blanton
Professor and Director
 
Restrictions: UHP New Freshmen Only  
Description:

Restricted to first semester UHP freshmen.

Say "creativity" and most people think art, music, dance, or literature. What is creativity in the context of the sciences? How does it differ and how is it similar to creativity in other fields? In this course, we will develop an understanding of scientific creativity through readings in the history of science, in the psychology of creativity, in original scientific papers, in biography, and in memoirs. We will consider representations of scientific creativity in films and literature. Students will conduct interviews with scientists, artists, musicians, and humanists, and report on how those individuals define creativity. We will explore the social context of creativity: how it can be fostered (or crushed) by institutions. We will consider strategies for fostering creativity within ourselves.