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The Resource Radical innovators : the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000, Anton Blok

Radical innovators : the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000, Anton Blok

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Radical innovators : the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000
Title
Radical innovators
Title remainder
the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000
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Anton Blok
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Blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000
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  • eng
  • dut
  • eng
Summary
In this book leading cultural anthropologist Anton Blok sheds new light on the lives and achievements of pioneers who revolutionized science and art over the past five centuries, demonstrating that adversity rather than talent alone was crucial to their success. Through a collective biography of some ninety radical innovators, including Erasmus, Spinoza, Newton, Bach, Sade, Darwin, Melville, Mendel, Cézanne, Curie, Brâncusi, Einstein, Wittgenstein, Keynes, and Goodall, Blok shows how a significant proportion in fact benefited from social exclusion. Beethoven s increasing deafness isolated him from his friends, creating more time for composing and experimenting, while Darwin s chronic illness gave him an excuse to avoid social gatherings and get on with his work. Adversity took various forms, including illegitimate birth, early parental loss, conflict with parents, bankruptcy, chronic illness, physical deficiencies, neurological and genetic disorders, minority status, peripheral origins, poverty, exile, and detention. Blok argues, however, that all these misfortunes had the same effect: alienation from mainstream society. As outsiders, innovators could question conventional beliefs and practices. With little to lose, they could take chances and exploit opportunities. With governments, universities and industry all emphasizing the importance of investing in innovation, typically understood to mean planned and focussed research teams, this book runs counter to conventional wisdom. For far more often, radical innovation in science and art is entirely unscripted, resulting from trial and error by individuals ready to take risks, fail, and start again. --
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contains biographical information
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Blok, Anton
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non fiction
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  • Science
  • Art
  • Anthropology
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Radical innovators : the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000, Anton Blok
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-221) and indexes
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
The margins as a place of innovation -- Sibling rivalry -- Heuristic exceptions -- Adversity -- Chance and necessity -- Conclusions
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ocn965534597
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
English edition.
Extent
x, 235 pages
Isbn
9781509505524
Lccn
2016016765
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)965534597
Label
Radical innovators : the blessings of adversity in science and art, 1500-2000, Anton Blok
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-221) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The margins as a place of innovation -- Sibling rivalry -- Heuristic exceptions -- Adversity -- Chance and necessity -- Conclusions
Control code
ocn965534597
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
English edition.
Extent
x, 235 pages
Isbn
9781509505524
Lccn
2016016765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)965534597

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