Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity

Author(s): Andreas Wagner

Science & nature

How the principles of biological innovation can help us overcome creative challenges in art, business, and science

In Life Finds a Way, biologist Andreas Wagner reveals the deep symmetry between innovation in biological evolution and human cultural creativity. Rarely is either a linear climb to perfection--instead, "progress" is typically marked by a sequence of peaks, plateaus, and pitfalls. For instance, in Picasso's forty-some iterations of Guernica, we see the same combination of small steps, incessant reshuffling, and large, almost reckless, leaps that characterize the way evolution transformed a dinosaur's grasping claw into a condor's soaring wing. By understanding these principles, we can also better realize our own creative potential to find new solutions to adversity.

Ultimately, Life Finds a Way offers a new framework for the nature of creativity, enabling us to better adapt, grow, and change in art, business, or science--that is, in life.

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General Fields

  • : 9781786077738
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Oneworld
  • : 0.282
  • : May 2021
  • : .9 Inches X 5.1 Inches X 7.8 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Andreas Wagner
  • : Paperback
  • : 320