- By: Sanjay A Pai
What inspires people to think and act creatively? How much of creativity is nature, and how much is nurture? How does environment affect thought processes, particularly in cutting edge science? Indeed, what exactly is creativity? These are questions that the exhibition Cultures of Creativity considered.
The exhibition, which began touring in 2001 to celebrate the centennial of the Nobel prize, has been organised by the Nobel Foundation. It tells us about the life of Alfred Nobel and his gift to humanity - the Nobel prize - arguably the greatest honour in science.
The exhibits included replicas of Nobel prize medals, diplomas, newspapers, as well as real instruments from the laboratories of laureates and more. Nobel, we learn, loved books and writing and even thought of becoming an author before he turned inventor.
The outstanding exhibits included an ear of maize from those worked on by Barbara McClintock, who discovered transposons