In his book, Creating Minds, Howard Gardner analyzes the lives and creations
of seven individuals as a means of better understanding the creative process
and what exactly a "creating mind" is.1 In this project,
I have attempted to complete a similar analysis for Lev Vygotsky, a Russian
Vygotsky is an exemplar of more than one of Gardner's multiple intelligences.
While it may seem obvious at first to place him in a category of those
who are very intelligent intrapersonally, because of his work in psychology
anaylzing the human thoughts, language, and behavior; he could as readily
be admired for his exceptional strengths in verbal and interpersonal intelligences.
He wrote prolifically and spoke very well in public and was also a great
leader with many loyal students and colleages.
Vygotsky has been referred to as the "Mozart of Psychology," a reference
to his incredible genius and short life.3 His closest
colleague and student, Alexander Romanovich Luria said of Vygotsky, "Vygotsky
was a genius. After more than half a centuryin science I am unable
to name another person who even approches his incredible analytical ability
and foresight. All of my work has been no more than the working out
of the psychological theory which he constructed. (p.51)"3
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