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Fire in the Crucible: Understanding the Process of Creative Genius [Paperback]

John Briggs

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1 Nov 2000
What makes geniuses different from the rest of us? What is the difference between a prodigy and a genius? Are geniuses born or made? What is creative vision and where does it come from? What are the secrets of talent? And why do great creators seem to have so many oppositions in their personalities? In this mind-expanding investigation of creativity, John Briggs reveals that there is no special trait of genius. Geniuses are not necessarily smarter or more talented than other people, but they give their attention to subtle nuances, contradictory feelings and perceptions that others experience and ignore. By focusing on sensory nuances, geniuses create themselves.

Fire in the Crucible offers a compelling exploration of the roots of creativity and genius. Drawing on the lives and work of extraordinary scientists, artists, writers, composers, and inventors, Briggs shows how creative individuals exploit doubt and uncertainty, and the mental strategies and tactics they employ when they work.

"In asking about creativity," he writes, "we are really asking about what is best, what is deepest in life." Fire in the Crucible draws the reader into an eye-opening journey through the inner workings of some of the greatest creative minds of all times -- and allows us to more deeply understand the nature of the creativity in our own lives and work.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Ready to tear out my eyeballs, but ... 30 Jun 2008
By J. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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The author covers some genuinely good material - but - good grief, he makes you pay dearly for every scrap. I am almost halfway through the book, and the author's habit for drowning the reader with excessive verbage make for extremely draining reading. Lots of good ideas - when you can distill them from the swill! If you are looking for quick insight into the creative mind, forget it. There's gold in that book, but be prepared to wrestle the prose to the ground and fight dirty. My plan for the rest of the book is to scan lightly for the ideas, and avoid the mindsand that is the author's writing style.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative fires 26 May 2000
By lori cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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Fire in the Crucible rates top on my list of non-fiction reads. Briggs offers understanding of the creative process; he delves into the personalities and motivations of creators and leaves the reader inspired and ignited. One of the finest books I have read on creativity. A book for all who need their creative fires stoked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative fires 26 May 2000
By lori cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Fire in the Crucible rates top on my list of non-fiction reads. Briggs offers understanding of the creative process; he delves into the personalities and motivations of creators and leaves the reader inspired and ignited. One of the finest books I have read on creativity. A book for all who need their creative fires stoked.
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and informative read 27 Nov 2012
By Frank Troy - Published on Amazon.com
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Fire in the Cruicible changed my understanding of the nature of genius by providing a comprehensive and accessible discussion of the topic. Reading it greatly aided me in writing a book about Herman Melville ([...]). Briggs' writing is down-to-earth, highly readable, and refreshingly free of technical and academic jargon. Anyone interested in the nature of genius and/or creativity will find this book to be both entertaining and informative. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creativity Kindled 12 May 2006
By S.A.H. - Published on Amazon.com
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John Briggs invites the reader of this book to partake in a journey through the creative process in a uniquely affable manner. He clearly illustrates his vision by kindling a fire of scholarly discovery within the reader through the collaboration of many historical archetypes of genius including Virginia Woolf, Einstein, Mozart and Picasso.
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