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Charles Jannuzi

One aspect of research that gets overlooked is simply sheer repetitiveness--hardly something we think of as creative. The overall effect of science might be one of success (we notice the successes) and so a result of creativity. But being a research university, I get the impression that if there is creativity it is not really a conscious effort. It's basic science and research kit experimentation and then a lot of puzzling to find results that were not predicted and figuring out why.

Lloyd comments: thanks for the comment Charles. You are certainly correct. Edison is oft quoted as saying "Creativity is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration." And the reality of creativity is that it is often iterative rather than linear, with the elaboration of ideas leading one to go back to the insight stage, then on to elaboration again, etc.

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