The Eureka Method: How to Think Like an Inventor

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August 30, 2011


Paperback, 256 pages


0071770399 / 9780071770392


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Main description

Fuel your "Eureka!" moments and become a successful inventor

Envision breakthrough new products using the proven methods and applied reasoning techniques of today's successful inventors. The Eureka Method: How to Think Like an Inventor lays out a systematic approach to innovation. Discover how to look at social developments and trends to find new ways of combining and improving existing technologies and systems. Plain-language examples of real-world patents, products, and inventors illuminate each point along the way.

Find out how to:

  • Gain regular flashes of inspiration based on your understanding of the inventive process
  • Improve and expand existing products in ways that fill social needs
  • Fuse elements from different products into new and useful combinations
  • Discover new opportunities by side-stepping rules and gaming the system
  • "Futurize" your inventions and prevent them from becoming obsolete
  • Identify emerging regulations and use them to your creative advantage
  • Learn about comprehensive patent applications that protect your rights

Table of contents

Part I: Thinking Like an Inventor
Chapter 1. The Three Questions That Should Follow a Eureka! Moment
Chapter 2. Improvement Inventions
Chapter 3. Developing an Inventive Mindset by Gaming the System
Chapter 4. Increasing Dimensions to Spark Eureka! Moments
Chapter 5. Combination Inventions
Part II: Seeking a Eureka! Moment
Chapter 6. Law, Regulation, and Standards
Chapter 7. Overcoming and Using Constraints
Chapter 8. Be Driven by the Bottom Line
Part III: Appendixes
Appendix A. Patents: Mileposts of Invention
Appendix B. U.S. Patent 6004596 "Sealed Crustless Sandwich"
Appendix C. Inventors and Inventorship

Author comments

John Hershey has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and has been granted 134 US Patents. He has served the adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Union College, Schenectady, New York. Dr. Hershey also served five years as a Program Evaluator for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). He is an elected Fellow of the IEEE and the author/co-author of seven books, including Cryptography Demystified (McGraw-Hill, 2002). Dr. Hershey was the co-founder and was co-editor-in-chief (1991-1993) of Academic Press’ Digital Signal Processing.

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