TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving
Author: Genrikh Altshuller
Translated by: Lev Shulyak
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.
“An astonishing piece of work… In a word, TRIZ is a treasure.”
George M. Prince, Co-founder of Synectics, Inc.
“A landmark text, the best introduction to TRIZ available in English.”
Larry R. Smith Ford Motor Company
From the Publisher
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 edition has recently been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Spanish.
From the Inside Flap
“This is an astonishing piece of work. It not only suggests and explains many effective thinking strategies for inventing, it introduces many resources like physics, chemistry and geometry as tools for solving invention problems and for predicting solutions for problems as yet unrecognized! “In addition, it organizes into a coherent theory a great many of the ways a thinker can develop skill in approaching a problem where there is “no answer” — where invention is necessary. “And, to put the frosting on the cake, all of this is presented by inviting the reader to learn be doing. The author presents a marvelous variety of real problems where an invention is needed, and asks the reader to use one or another of the TRIZ techniques to invent a solution. “The method is based on a study of thousands of inventions and provides many general principles for reducing a problem to its essentials, reexamining it with fresh eyes, and guiding the would-be inventor to specific areas of technology that are likely to help. “I know of no other approach to inventing that offers such a rich arsenal of both practical and imaginative thinking tools. “In a word, TRIZ is a treasure.” Sincerly, George M. Prince, Co-founder of Synectics, Inc.
From the Back Cover
“A landmark text, the best introduction to TRIZ available in English.” Larry R. Smith, Ford Motor Company
Genrich Altshuller initiated the development of TRIZ ( the Russian acronym for Theory of Inventive Problem Solving) in 1946. He discovered that the evolution of technical systems follows predictable patterns; indeed,inventiveness and creativity can be taught. TRIZ methodology has since been validated through the solving of thousands of difficult technical problems. For years, TRIZ developed “underground” in the USSR. Since the fall of the Soviet Union TRIZ has emerged and migrated to the West where it is successfully utilized by many Fortune 500 companies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Genrich Altshuller received his first Soviet patent at the age of fourteen. While in his early twenties he began developing TRIZ. Stalin rewarded him with 25 years imprisonment in Siberia. Released after Stalin’s death, he led the underground TRIZ revolution — a fundemental shift in the technical creativity paradigm.Genrich Altshuller, the father of TRIZ ( Theory of Inventive Problem solving), was born on October 1926 in Tashkent in the former USSR. He spent many years in Baku and, since 1990 has resided in Petrozavodsk. While enduring the terrible conditions in the concentration camp, Altschuller continud to develop TRIZ. The camp included many scholars,scientists,artists and intellectuals.It was there that he worked out the details of many aspects of his new science of creativity. The frozen concentration camp became the first institution of TRIZ. In 1954, after Stalin’s death, Altshuller was re;eased. Two years later, his first publication on TRIZ appeared.
TRIZ schools began to appear throughout the USSR until 1974 when Altschuller and his disciples once again fell from grace with the the Soviet Central Commitee. Nevertheless, TRIZ flourished underground. Altschuller, excluded from teaching or publishing anything TRIZ related,supported himself by writing scienc fiction or “adventures in ideas” and often thinly disguised TRIZ teachings, under the pen name” Henry Altov”. It was not until perestroyka that TRIZ was allowed to resurface and its has since flourished.
In 1989 the Russian TRIZ Association was established with Altshuller as President.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Lev Shulyak, an inventor for four decades, first encountered TRIZ in 1961 and subsequently earned twenty patents. In 1974, after immigrating to America, he became the first person to teach TRIZ in the west. HE established Technical Innovation Center, Inc. in 1991 and published several TRIZ books. Shulyak, along with co-translator Steven Rodman, was instrumental in forming The Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies. In 1998, he was named a TRIZ Master by Generich Altshuller.