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Edward de Bono (1933–2021)

Author of Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity

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About the Author

Edward De Bono is world famous in the field of creative thinking: he invented the concept of lateral thinking and his advice and ideas on thought and learning have been sought from world leaders and Nobel Laureates for over 50 years. He has written numerous bestsellers, including How to Have a show more Beautiful Mind and How to Have Creative Ideas. Together his books have sold over 1 million copies worldwide. show less

Works by Edward de Bono

Six Thinking Hats (1985) 693 copies
De Bono's Thinking Course (1982) 612 copies
How to Have a Beautiful Mind (2004) 393 copies
The Use of Lateral Thinking (1967) 276 copies
Simplicity (1998) 248 copies
Mechanism of Mind (1969) 215 copies
Think!: Before It's Too Late (2009) 193 copies
Teach Yourself How To Think (1995) 192 copies
Practical Thinking (1971) 177 copies
Six Action Shoes (1991) 152 copies
Teaching Thinking (1976) 134 copies
Parallel Thinking (1994) 133 copies
How to Be More Interesting (1997) 130 copies
Po: Beyond Yes and No (1972) 126 copies
The Happiness Purpose (1977) 102 copies
Textbook of Wisdom (1996) 91 copies
Waterlogic (1987) 89 copies
Edward De Bono's Mind Pack (1995) 88 copies
Future Positive (1979) 73 copies
Wordpower (1977) 72 copies
New Think (1968) 70 copies
Children Solve Problems (1914) 45 copies
Super Mind Pack (1998) 41 copies
Why So Stupid? (2003) 35 copies
Dog Exercising Machine (1970) 31 copies
De Bonos neue Denkschule (2002) 28 copies
Der kluge Kopf (2004) 9 copies
Teach Your Child to Think (2015) 9 copies
Réfléchir vite et bien (2006) 9 copies
Un Sombrero Para Su Mente (2004) 7 copies
Denken over denken (1995) 5 copies
Gym voor je geest (2007) 5 copies
Masterthinker (1989) 4 copies
Nano hybrids. Volume 4 (1996) 4 copies
Creatividad (2018) 3 copies
Textbook of Wisdom Header (1996) 3 copies
Technology today (1971) — Editor — 2 copies
Zes actiestappers (1992) 2 copies
Miec piekny umysl (2009) 2 copies
Tänk vidare 1 copy
Réfléchir mieux (1985) 1 copy
Saber Pensar 1 copy
Nuevo raciocinio (1990) 1 copy
Think Links (1982) 1 copy
How to Change Ideas (2006) 1 copy
L'arte del successo (1993) 1 copy
The Thinking Class (1970) 1 copy
The New Word 'Po' (1970) 1 copy
About think (1972) 1 copy

Associated Works

Explorations of the Marvellous (1976) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Edward De Bono Science Fiction Collection (1976) — Foreword — 3 copies


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
de Bono, Edward
Legal name
de Bono, Edward Charles Francis Publius
Date of death
Saint Julian’s Bay, Malta
Places of residence
Channel Islands
St. Edward's College, Malta
Royal University of Malta (MD)
Oxford University (Christ Church ∙ MA ∙ 1957 ∙ Psychology and Physiology)
Oxford University (Christ Church ∙ DPhil ∙ 1961 ∙ Medicine)
Cambridge University (Trinity College ∙ PhD ∙ Medicine)
Cognitive Research Trust
University of Malta
Awards and honors
Order of Merit, Malta (1995)
Capire Prize, Madrid (1988)
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Doctor of Design)
University of Dundee (LLD)
Rhodes Scholar (1955)
Short biography
Edward de Bono (born May 19, 1933, in Malta) is a Maltese physician, author, inventor, and consultant. He is best known as the originator of the term lateral thinking and a proponent of the deliberate teaching of thinking as a subject in schools. dward de Bono is regarded by many as the leading authority in the field of creative thinking, innovation and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He is equally renowned for his development of the Six Thinking Hats® technique and the Direct Attention Thinking Tools™ (D.A.T.T.™) framework.

Edward de Bono is the originator of the concept - and formal tools - of Lateral Thinking, which is now a part of language enjoying an entry in the Oxford Dictionary.



The great thing about this book is that it shows the power of a simple framing exercise to transform our understanding of social interaction modes. The perspective de Bono offers may or may not be accurate, complete and precise, but ti can work, and work well because it establishes a protocol for people to understand working with each other, even when there may be conflicts or misunderstanding.
The book isn't the end of the story with respects to collective productive problem solving but as far as I know it is one of the best in terms of readability and ease of access. There should be other texts like this to get you thinking about the world under different terms.… (more)
yates9 | 6 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
One of the most useful books I’ve ever read on how and why we need to think out of the box.
MylesKesten | 6 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Read this too long ago to remember. What I do know is that it sent me on a path of reading everything de Bono published, and trying to put it into practice. A great place to start thinking about thinking.
Parthurbook | 1 other review | Nov 6, 2023 |
Critical thinking seminar at work next week and this is my homework. Sigh.
beentsy | 10 other reviews | Aug 12, 2023 |



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