WASHINGTON — "I always dream music," Mozart said. 'I know all the music I have composed has come from a dream."
And Mozart's one of many profoundly creative dreamers. Among them:
Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson claimed that his 1886 novella about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde came to him in a dream.
Pianists Vladimir Horowitz and Leonid Hambro both said they discovered the technique for complicated passages of music in their dreams.
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Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing machine, said he discovered its key technology, a means of catching and tying thread, in a dream. In it, natives bearing spears with holes in their tips led him to the idea of a hole in the jabbing tip of the machine's needle.
French chemist August Kekule said he discovered the molecular structure of benzene in a dream that featured whirling snakes of carbon atoms.
More than half of mathematicians responded to a 1970 questionnaire that they'd solved at least one problem in a dream.
Source: "Dreams and Nightmares: The Origin and Meaning of Dreams," by Ernest Hartmann M.D., Perseus Publishing, 1998.
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