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CHAPTER FIVE

FIDDLING

THE PRINCIPLE OF INVETERATE TINKERING

Study the science of art and the art of science. Learn how to see and remember that everything is connected to everything else.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), artist-inventor

FIDDLING is a problem-solving principle that says new ideas and approaches can be created by tinkering with portions of a problem in an effort to understand it, repair it, or make it better. Tinkering, the art of looking for connections and contrasts, can be either conceptual (mental) or tactile (physical). Brainstorming is a form of conceptual tinkering.

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