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Where Good Ideas Come From The Natural History of Innovation

ISBN-10: 1594485380
ISBN-13: 9781594485381
Edition: 2011
Authors: Steven Johnson
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A "dynamic" (Los Angeles Times) new understanding of one of life's key questions-from the New York Timesbestselling author. This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs.

Steven Johnson is an American popular science writer and media theorist. He was born on June 6, 1968, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He completed his undergraduate degree at Brown University, where he studied semiotics, and later went on to receive his graduate degree in English Literature from Columbia University. Johnson writes mainly on "the intersection of science, technology and personal experience." His most recent work, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, was the subject of a six-part series on PBS, which he also hosted. His other works include: Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age; Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation; The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America; and The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World.

Introduction: Reef, City, Web
The Adjacent Possible
Liquid Networks
The Slow Hunch
Serendipity
Error
Exaptation
Platforms
Conclusion: The Fourth Quadrant
Acknowledgments
Appendix: Chronology of Key Innovations, 1400�2000
Notes and Further Reading
Bibliography
Index

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