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Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein

Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein, co-authors of Sparks of Genius, The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) and Honey, Mud, Maggots and Other Medical Marvels (1997), met as doctoral students in history and history of science at Princeton University. Since then they have married their diverse and complementary interests to a wide variety of creativity studies, stimulated by Robert's Discovering, Inventing and Solving Problems at the Frontiers of Scientific Knowledge (1989), which he wrote as one of the first fellows awarded a "genius" grant by the MacArthur Foundation. A full professor at Michigan State University, Robert studies the evolution of physiological control systems, autoimmune diseases and scientific creativity; Michele, a writer, Kennedy Center teaching artist and adjunct faculty member at MSU, currently studies the invention of imaginary worlds from childhood to adulthood. Together they lecture, consult, lead workshops and write Imagine That!.

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