Thoughts, Ideas, Problems and Solutions

  • Jonathan C. Roberts
  • Christopher J. Headleand
  • Panagiotis D. Ritsos


When we are trying to solve a problem we often produce lots of ideas, for ways to solve it. Usually, we think through those alternative different ideas and the problem at hand, in order to get the best solution. Other times we may have an idea and we are trying to see if it could solve other problems. But what is a problem? What types of problems are there? How can we work through a problem and carefully contemplate each solution? Can we start with a possible solution and workout what other problems it may solve? Are problems constant? These are questions that have been asked, and attempted to be answered, by early philosophers to modern computer scientists. This chapter explores these concepts from a both a philosophical and practical viewpoint.


Critical Thinking Creative Thinking Swimming Pool Grand Challenge Divergent Thinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan C. Roberts
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Headleand
    • 2
  • Panagiotis D. Ritsos
    • 1
  1. 1.Bangor UniversityBangorUK
  2. 2.University of LincolnLincolnUK

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