TRIZ (the Russian acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) was developed by this book's author, Genrich Altshuller. Studied and respected around the world, TRIZ shows that technical systems evolve following predictable patterns. Consequently, inventiveness can be learned by anyone. Developed underground by Russian scientists, TRIZ has validated itself by solving thousands of difficult technical problems. Over 60,000 engineers world-wide are trained in TRIZ. In 1984, Lev Shulyak, translator of this book, taught the first U.S. TRIZ course.
This legendary book, And Suddenly the Inventor Appeared, was first translated and published in English in 1990. The translator, Lev Shulyak - an accomplished inventor, engineer and TRIZ expert - published the book at his own expense in order to bring it into American classrooms. The new edition, extensively revised by Shulyak and editor Steve Rodman, includes material not found in the original translation.
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