Creative Thinking in Solving a Problem

• jedishrfu
In summary, there are many examples of people using creative and unconventional methods to solve problems. The barometer story, the Hades thermodynamics exam question, and the late student solving a supposedly unsolvable math problem are all instances of this. These stories often get retold and exaggerated to illustrate the power of persistence and determination.
jedishrfu
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So many times we use tried and true methods to solve problems that we never see the more creative and fanciful solutions that are staring us in the face.

The barometer story is one such example:

http://www.mrao.cam.ac.uk/~steve/astrophysics_07/webpages/barometer_story.htm
Another is the Hades endothermic or exothermic thermodynamics exam question or the story of the late student solving a hitherto unsolved problem in statistics.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/hell-endothermic-exothermic/
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/the-unsolvable-math-problem/

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256bits
The "The Unsolvable Math Problem" I had never seen before.
Interesting.

Yeah, people use that story to highlight our hidden abilities to overcome every adversity through persistence, singlemindedness and a belief it can be solved.

Often it gets rewritten for different fields to push some idea beyond the facts of the real story like an urban legend.

We had a similar story at school where an upperclassman found an exact solution to a problem where everyone including the book thought had only an approximate numerical one. Later they found he had actuallyrediscovered the exact solution. But it was still quite an impressive feat.

1. What is creative thinking in problem solving?

Creative thinking in problem solving is the process of using imagination, unconventional ideas, and original thinking to find solutions to challenges or issues. It involves thinking outside of the box and exploring new perspectives to come up with innovative solutions.

2. Why is creative thinking important in problem solving?

Creative thinking is important in problem solving because it allows for the exploration of unique and novel solutions. It helps break away from traditional and limited ways of thinking and encourages innovative approaches. This can lead to more effective and efficient solutions to problems.

3. How can one improve their creative thinking in problem solving?

There are several ways to improve creative thinking in problem solving. Some techniques include brainstorming, mind mapping, challenging assumptions, and seeking out new perspectives. Engaging in activities that stimulate creativity, such as art or music, can also help enhance creative thinking skills.

4. Are there any potential challenges in using creative thinking for problem solving?

While creative thinking can be beneficial in solving problems, it can also present some challenges. One potential challenge is the risk of coming up with solutions that are too unrealistic or difficult to implement. Additionally, some individuals may struggle with letting go of traditional or familiar ways of thinking and may find it difficult to embrace new and unconventional ideas.

5. How can creative thinking in problem solving be applied in different fields?

Creative thinking in problem solving can be applied in a variety of fields, including science, technology, business, and the arts. It can be used to generate new ideas, improve processes, and solve complex problems. For example, scientists can use creative thinking to develop new theories or solutions to scientific problems, while business professionals can use it to come up with innovative products or strategies to stay ahead of the competition.

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