Introduction

 
       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 psychologist.
        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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