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How do others define the innovative sparks?

See how others define creativity, science and invention. Try to spot similarities and differences.

Definitions for creativity

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness. "Firms are keen to encourage creativity" Synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, imaginativeness, innovation, innovativeness, originality, individuality; artistry, expressiveness, inspiration, vision, creative power, creative talent, creative gift, creative skill, resourcefulness, ingenuity, enterprise. "Challenging objectives motivate staff and encourage creativity"

Google: define:creativity

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work or a painting).


The ability to make new things or think of new ideas.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

The use of imagination or original ideas to create something.

Oxford Dictionaries

Mental characteristic that allows a person to think outside of the box, which results in innovative or different approaches to a particular task.

Business Dictionary

Creativity is a term that has a broad meaning. It refers to the creation of something (new), such as: an idea, a work of art, or an invention.

NG19X Futures

Definitions for science

The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Synonyms: branch of knowledge, body of knowledge/information/facts, area of study, discipline, field. A systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject.

Google: define:science

Science is a systematic enterprise that creates, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.


Science is a research methodology to discover new knowledge, and to develop understanding. The methodology consists of the following: Compile data sets from observations and experimentation; Develop understanding (theories are developed and tested against observations); A theory becomes validated when it can make accurate predictions across a wide range of scenarios, it has not been shown to be false for any scenario, and when it has been validated by peers across the relevant scientific community.

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Knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence. Scientific methodology includes the following: Objective observation: Measurement and data (possibly although not necessarily using mathematics as a tool); Evidence; Experiment and/or observation as benchmarks for testing hypotheses; Induction (reasoning to establish general rules or conclusions drawn from facts or examples); Repetition; Critical analysis; Verification and testing (critical exposure to scrutiny, peer review and assessment).

Science Council

Definitions for invention

The action of inventing something, typically a process or device. Synonyms: origination, creation, innovation, devising, contriving, contrivance, formulation, development, design. Synonyms: innovation, origination, creation, design, contraption, contrivance, construction, device, gadget, apparatus, machine. Creative ability. Synonyms: inventiveness, originality, creativity, creativeness, imagination, imaginativeness, inspiration; ingenuity, ingeniousness, resourcefulness, initiative, enterprise; genius, brilliance, vision.

Google: define:invention

An invention is a unique or novel device, method, composition or process. The invention process is a process within an overall engineering and product development process. It may be an improvement upon a machine or product, or a new process for creating an object or a result.


Something that has never been made before, or the process of creating something that has never been made before.

Cambridge Dictionaries Online


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