Inventors at Work: The Minds and Motivation Behind Modern Inventions is a collection of interviews with inventors of famous products, invations, and techlogies that have made life easier or even changed the way we live. All of these scientists, engineers, wild-eyed geniuses, and amateur techlogists have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of that singular Eureka! moment in their laboratories or garages. Each has altered the modern world as we kw it in some significant way. The conversations will show budding tinkerers, professional inventors, educators, and onlookers how the top minds in the field come up with ideas and manage the first steps of inspiration, how they experiment productively, how they sell ideas to others and secure funding, how they execute the final product, and how they commercialize and protect their work. All inventors will learn from these conversations, whether they are exploring new chemical compounds in million-dollar labs or perfecting a household gadget or toy in a basement workshop. Author Brett Stern, an inventor himself, explores with each inventor the nature of creativity and intuition, the skill set needed, and the force, motivation, or desire that must be summoned to spend endless hours searching for an answer to a question that one else has asked or solving a problem most think has solution. The book is required reading for all technical and creative individuals to better understand the invation process and the logistics of following through on an idea that has the potential to change society. This book offers: * Interviews with inventors of world-changing products and techlogies An outline of the steps required in the creative/inventing process whether the goal is a civilization-changing process or a device meant to impress friends and family and perhaps earn license fees. * An instructive overview of how to solve problems in invation-and how to use failures as stepping stones to successful inventions
Brett Stern is an industrial designer and inventor living in Portland, Oregon. He holds eight utility patents covering surgical instruments, medical implants, and robotic garment-manufacturing systems. He holds trademarks in 34 countries on a line of snack foods that he created. He has worked as an industrial design consultant for such clients as Pfizer, Revlon, and Saatchi & Saatchi, and as a costume materials technologist for Warner Bros. Stern has been an instructor in industrial and product design at the Art Institute of Portland and Parsons School of Design. He has lectured on innovation and biomedical technology at Columbia University and Stanford University. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in industrial design. Stern s work may be viewed at www.brettstern.com.