How were the big scientific insights conceived? What kind of features are related to the scientific creativity? What kind of characteristics and conditions promote the creative process? How do such things as coincidence, motivation, or even beauty relate to the scientific discovery?
The book also analyzes the history of intelligence and creativity research. What is creative talent? The different ways of valuing creativity and scientific productivity are critically assessed. Are they reliable? Case studies range from mathematician Ramanujan to Einstein and other major innovators of the 20th century.