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Maarten Ambaum is Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Meteorology at the University of Reading. His research interests span a wide range of topics in the physics and mathematics of the atmosphere and oceans. He has a degree in theoretical physics from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. His most recent work dealt with the influence of cosmic rays on cloud formation, statistical methods in climate science, thermodynamics of the climate system, and predictability of the jet stream. He is author of a textbook on thermal physics of the atmosphere. Some of his work was also part of an art-science collaboration between the Universities of Brighton, Reading, Exeter and Sussex.
There are probably around a hundred proofs of the Pythagoras theorem. Functionally they are the same; they all prove the Pythagoras theorem. But some of these proofs are beautiful, some are surprising, others are dull. If you 'speak maths', then one proof is a like a poem, and another is like an excerpt from a safety manual. One proof is creative, another one is utilitarian.
Vincent Nolan was Chairman of Synectics Ltd., the European division of the international creativity and innovation consultancy. He introduced the techniques into the UK in 1971, having spent the previous 20 years in conventional consultancy and as a senior executive in Rank Xerox. Since retiring from business, he focused on introducing business creativity methods into education, through the registered charity, Synectics Education Initiative (SEI).
Manuela is a professor at the Faculty of Psychology in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is an expert in the psychology of creativity. She has centred her research on creativity for more than thirty years and has published the results of her work in numerous articles, research papers and has written four books. She is co-author of a test for evaluating creativity in children: TCI, Test de Creatividad Infantil (TEA Ediciones, 2008, Madrid).
Jonathan Eakle was awarded his PhD by the University of Georgia, USA. He is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education where he teaches cultural studies and advises doctoral students. His research addresses conceptual and practical uses of literacies in classrooms and out-of-school settings, particularly in museums.