Dagmar Provijn

Harvey’s bloody motion: ‘the ins and outs of being creative’

In this paper, we intend to bridge the disciplines of history and philosophy of science by showing how the discovery of the circulation of the blood by William Harvey (1578-1657) sheds new light on existing conceptualizations of discovery and creativity in science. In particular, the example illustrates where both the enlightenment and the romantic view on creativity go astray.