Homo Problematis Solvendis–Problem-solving Man

A History of Human Creativity

  • David H. Cropley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 159-165

About this book


This book presents the history of modern human creativity/innovation through examples of solutions to basic human needs that have been developed over time. The title – Homo problematis solvendis – is a play on the scientific classifications of humans (e.g. Homo habilus, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens), and is intended to suggest that a defining characteristic of modern humans is our fundamental ability to solve problems (i.e. problem- solving human = Homo problematis solvendis).

The book not only offers new perspectives on the history of technology, but also helps readers connectthe popular interest in creativity and innovation (in schools, in businesses) with their psychological underpinnings. It discusses why creativity and innovation are vital to societies, and how these key abilities have made it possible for societies to develop into what they are today.


History of Technology Human Innovation Human Creativity Psychology of Creativity Psychology of Innovation History of Invention Human Ages Inventions Problem Solving Ability Information Age Inventions Technology Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • David H. Cropley
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3100-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3101-5
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