From The Innovation Algorithm: TRIZ, Systematic Innovation and Technical Creativity

Victor Fey, Boris Zlotin and Simon Litvin were all designated "TRIZ Masters" in September, 1998 by TRIZ's father, Genrich Altshuller. They were three of Mr. Alshuller's closest associates, and were all profoundly influenced by The Innovation Algorithm upon first encountering it in their native Russian.

We asked them each to submit a brief essay on the meaning of this book to their lives. As both a tribute to this book and its author, their responses follow:

Boris Zlotin

The history of the human race is the history of men who take control over their lives and destiny.

Agriculture provides enough food for constantly growing populations. Industry helped reduce dependence upon climate and natural disasters. The ability to write and publish, and now computers, provides an effective knowledge exchange and utilization. Today, there are many effective means to satisfy all the basic requirements of the human race except the most important one forecasting the future of technical evolution. For thousands of years people have tried to control their destiny, to shape it by their vision. However, they were missing the knowledge to forecast what would happen, to overcome contradictions, to solve scientific and technical problems for the realization of their vision.

Control of the future becomes possible through development of the Theory of Solving Inventive Problems (TRIZ), created by Genrich Altshuller the genius of such a level that is born only once in each Century.

More than 50 years ago, in 1946, at the age of 20, Genrich...

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