"This first book by the author of Zen and the Brain examines the role of chance in the creative process. James Austin tells a personal story of the ways in which persistence, chance, and creativity interact in biomedical research; the conclusions he reaches shed light on the creative process in any field. Austin shows how, in his own investigations, unpredictable events shaped the outcome of his research and brought about novel results. He then goes beyond this story of serendipity to propose a new classification of the varieties of chance, drawing on his own research and examples from the history of science--including the famous accidents that led Fleming to the discovery of penicillin. Finally, he explores the nature of the creative process, considering not only the environmental and neurophysiological correlates of creativity but also the role of intuition in both scientific discoveries and spiritual quests. This updated MIT Press paperback edition includes a new introduction and recent material on medical research, creativity, and spirituality." from back-cover of Chase, Chance and Creativity: The Lucky Art of Novelty.
This is an engaging read, by a fine author, looking at the creative process and the aspects which shape it, some of which can be influenced and others which cannot. It contains many interesting anecdotes both from the science field in general and the authors own life. Recommended both to students and scientists looking to engage in research and to anyone interested in the creative process.