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3.0 out of 5 stars School Text Book, 13 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity (Paperback)
I bought this book after reading a review in '50 psychology classics' by Tom Butler-Bowden.
Lateral Thinking is not an easy read, and not what I was really expecting. I guess I was expecting something written more in a popular science vain, but you have to remember that this was originally published in 1970.
It reminds me more than anything of a school text book. The ideas are presented in a rather dry and pragmatic approach. Each method has examples for students to try and even teaching notes and exercise preparation.
To get the most out of the book you have to actually sit with a pen and paper and do the exercises. It is not something that can be easily done on your phone or laptop because much of the text refers to geometric shapes.
I did try some of the exercises with my seven year old boy, which was useful to both of us I think. I would like to return to the text and develop some more exercises that we can do together, although I recognise that a certain amount of preparation would be required. I can see how this would be an excellent text for teachers, it's a little harder to squeeze out the value when you are reading this on the move.
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