The Altshuller Institute

for TRIZ Studies

The Innovation Algorithm

It has become a textbook maxim that fantasy plays a large role in any creative activity, and in technical science as well. But there is a surprising paradox here. The recognition of fantasy's importance has not been accompanied by a systematic effort focused towards its development.

So far, the only widespread, and practically effective means for developing fantasy was the reading of science fiction literature (SF). Incidentally, a clear correlation is seen here: scientists and engineers are more attracted to SF than other readers. Several years ago, the Committee of Technical-Scientific Literature of the Azerbaijan Writers Union conducted a survey that resulted in the following: 20 percent of all engineers and physicists preferred SF to other literary genres...

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