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The Lab is a wise and bracing call to arms, a handbook for channeling our creative selves in the early twenty-first century. For anyone hoping to unleash their inner innovator, David Edwards is essential reading -- Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure The Lab exactingly and enjoyably describes the process of building a "funnel shaped" institution devoted to process-the node of a network that ceaselessly promotes innovation by finding the common thread that links artist and scientist when they're truly creative (as in this book). -- Jay Cantor, author of On Giving Birth to One's Own Mother: Essays on Art and Society When artists and scientists come together, cheeks gets rosier, voices go up a few notches, eyes sparkle. They are eager to learn from each other. Just as David Edwards maintains, true innovation can only happen where science and culture intersect, and it is time for this millennial truth to become a pillar of our educational system. -- Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art David Edwards spends his life crossing boundaries. The Lab tells the story of his trailblazing initiatives to cross-pollinate the creative energies of artists and scientists around the world. It is an illuminating and inspiring meditation on the nature of creativity itself, not just in formal labs but in everyday life. -- Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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David Edwards is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University and is founding director of Le Laboratoire in Paris and the Idea Translation Lab at Harvard. His work spans the arts and sciences and lies at the core of a network of multi-disciplinary labs in Europe, USA and Africa. Edwards is the founder of Medicine in Need and the Boston-based Cloud Foundation that oversees Cloud Place, a dynamic center for urban youth arts, and that launched the $100K ArtScience Innovation Prize. The youngest-ever member of the National Academy of Engineering, Edwards was a featured speaker at Davos in 2010. His creative work is described at


[Edwards'] enthusiasm is infectious. He comes across as a free-spirited inventor and educator. He is also a pragmatist, conceding that an emphasis on the creative process, and a high tolerance for failure, may make it harder for inventive researchers to achieve financial autonomy. In these austere times, Edwards takes a firm stance on the importance of the imagination. -- Jascha Hoffman Nature 20101125 The Lab has done much to shake up ideas about the science-public nexus. -- Graham Farmelo Times Higher Education 20101216

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