The Eureka Method: How to Think Like an Inventor

Innovation is one of the most important factors in the economic development of any society. It is probably the reason why so many past economic forecasts have come short. This is in large part due to the fact that innovation, by its very nature, is unpredictable and hard to anticipate. Innovation is a very demanding process, that requires a lot of ingenuity, imagination, hard work, and of course luck. There are almost as many kinds of inventors as there are innovations, and sometimes it may seem that the process of inventing is haphazard and subject to brilliant insights out of nowhere.

In “The Eureka Method” John Hershey, an experienced and successful inventor, shares some secrets of the invention process. The book aims to give a general overview of all important ingredients that go into a successful invention. It is filled with examples and case studies, but it does not focus on any particular subject or field. Its written with the most general inventor in mind, and most of the insights and suggestions that it offers can indeed be applied to almost any line of work. The book also covers the all important patent legal issues, which every inventor really needs to pay very close attention to.

The chapters in this book include “Improvement Inventions,” “Combination Inventions,” “Law, Regulations, and Standards,” “Overcoming and Using Constraints,” and several others. The writing is well crafted and pedagogical. This book is a very good resource for all inventors and would-be inventors.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: Twitter: Google+:

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