I''ve teamed up with a "book buddy" - a strange hybrid between a "book club" and a "fuck buddy" where the idea is that you occasionally meet up to fondle each other's manuscripts because you can't be arsed to find someone to do it with on a more committed basis.

My working title for her book is {sorry : removed after second meeting - she want's to keep it confidential for now}

Anyhow, the idea is that we each commit to do a certain amount of writing between meetings so here is my "homework" : a rough outline for the book.

The content of the first chapter i put on my blog previously

http://patternrecognition.typepad.com/pattern_recognition_/2007/04/the_formula_for.html.

**The Mathematics of Creativity :**

**how to beat the odds and deliver great ideas.**

In which we propose to stop treating “creativity” as a magical and unknowable force but instead consider the statistical basis for how creative magicians “do it” (whether consciously or not) and thereby learn how to increase the odds of doing it ourselves.

This book takes a dozen or so different perspectives on “the creative process” and finds the simple maths that justifies what often appears irrational or counter-intuitive. Using no more than GCSE maths the book seeks to “prove” to the logical mind that the creative mind is not that crazy after all.

Each chapter will include examples from the advertising and design industries as well as broader creative phenomenon such as song writer duos and fashion designers.

- The Equation for Good and Bad Meetings

In which we explore, through a simple piece of algebra, the statistical value of diversity and stimulation in creative meetings, and calculate the negative effect of fear in the boardroom.

- The Quantity Theory of Creativity

In which we compare the logical thinkers’ habit of generating three options with the creative thinkers habit of generating 20 or more. We use the normal distribution (the Bell Curve) to explore the statistical advantages of quantity.

- The Statistical Advantage of Error

In which we explore the survival benefits of making mistakes and explore the way mutant ideas increase the chances of companies flourishing.

- Operating in the Chaotic Zone

In which we explore the difference between companies who like to play it safe and companies who dare to play out at the extremes. We use a mathematical model of a football league competition to understand who wins over the long term.

- A Random Walk on the
Creative

Mountain

In which we explore the evolutionary advantages of diversity and “wild leaps” by quantifying the success of different populations of ideas spread across a 3 dimensional mathematical mountain.

- Clipping Off the Tail to Spite your Face

In which we explore the dangers of means, medians and modes and in particular the perils of statistical surveys in killing marginal (but valuable) ideas.

- Crossing the
Suspension Bridge

of

Disbelief

In which we explore the effects that negative and optimistic responses to ideas have on their ability to do their job : reach out to new, valuable economic spaces. We explore how extreme positivity can create “gravity defying bridges” to new pastures.

- Lost in translation

In which we explore the perils of imitation and calculate the decline in economic returns that will result.

- How discourse beats triscourse

In which we analyse the creative power of the duo and contrast its mathematical characteristics with solo working or working in larger groups.

- The Prisoners Dilemma and the Hard but Fair client

Where we consider the strategies available to the clients who buy work from creative people and via the mathematical model of the Prisoner’s Dilemma we discuss the virtue of “forgiving tit for tat”.

- The Non-Coincidental Creativity of the Well Fed Mind

In which we model the mathematical phenomenon of an idea occurring and note the two pre-conditions for this occurring (with reference to the mathematical disproof of ley lines)

- From Zero to Infinity.

In which we discover the paradox that great creativity flourishes in conditions of either almost zero pressure or almost total pressure (but flounders in between).

- Good Creativity Should Not be Left to Chance

In which we conclude that creativity is not a random or ill-disciplined craft, or indeed one that only the truly gifted can hope to work. Rather we find that a series or techniques, processes, attitudes and cultures – all of whom can be acessed by anyone – can increase the chances of great ideas being delivered.

Other possible chapters : The Bible and the Power Law Distribution of Good Ideas. How the Persistence Genius Braves the Long Odds of Discovery.

Brilliant, if you start publishing via lulu.com it will go on my regular wish-list and I will purchase!

Posted by: Peeyoosh Chandra | 02/24/2009 at 09:41 PM

Mathematics is smart people.

Posted by: naked celebrities | 12/20/2009 at 10:38 PM

Imagination is all we need

Posted by: generic viagra | 03/12/2010 at 02:03 PM

Mathematics is a charming subject! It has attracted numerous heroes spend most of their lives for its energy! Just to unlock it

Posted by: ugg knightsbridge | 08/25/2010 at 02:59 AM

Some people are quite gifted high achievement, they have large ordinary capital and made no big deal, also some people is not specific and achievement is outstanding, they like take small capital and do big business. The difference between the efforts and hard in.

Posted by: Nike Shox Rivalry | 09/16/2010 at 09:05 AM

the one Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.

Posted by: Chanel Replica Watches | 02/19/2011 at 01:51 AM

social network christian http://facesepicentre.com/ u24 iranian social networks bebo social network

Posted by: swetsNeld | 12/26/2011 at 08:43 AM

Мы вскрытие замков в москве сейфовых дверей в центре немедленно в любом доме Покровское-Стрешнево круглый год.Грамотные мастера вскроют замки разнообразных марок без повреждения дверей.Любая информация на сайте http://www.vskritieremont.ru/

http://www.vskritieremont.ru - вскрытия замков

http://vzlomremont.ru - вскрытия замков

-----

http://www.gorodservis.ru - ремонт холодильников зил

http://www.xolodremont.ru - ремонт холодильников мастерская

Posted by: sikisklomg | 02/02/2012 at 08:57 AM

Мы взломать дверь дверей в центре моментально в любом районе Хорошево-Мневники без перерыва.Сертифицированные мастера взломают замки каких угодно систем без повреждения металических сейфов.Любая информация на сайте http://www.vskritieremont.ru/

http://www.vskritieremont.ru - вскрытие дверей

http://www.vzlomremont.ru - вскрытие дверей

-----

http://www.gorodservis.ru - срочный ремонт холодильников

http://www.xolodremont.ru - ремонт холодильников

Posted by: Plaitaslitmexs | 02/04/2012 at 09:00 AM

Мы сделаем вскрытие замка помещений в первопрестольной срочно в любом районе Марьина Роща 7 дней в неделю.Дипломированные мастера взломают замки самых сложных систем без повреждения дверей.Полная информация на сайте http://www.vskritieremont.ru/

вскрытие

вскрытие

-----

ремонт холодильника москва

ремонт холодильник москва

Posted by: Kiujhyuh | 02/07/2012 at 09:13 AM

Yes ... the design is clearly needed to be changed :)

What would be brighter , nebudu (

Posted by: Menelom | 05/19/2012 at 05:45 PM