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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Great Read. Fantastic Conclusion.

    Great exploration of what has driven innovation over the past 500 or so years. As a scientist and innovator, I've collected similar anecdotal evidence that pointed toward these conclusions, but Steven Johnson has done the difficult work of actually collecting the data and taking a look at the numbers from an objective perspective. The associated back stories of major innovations through history are entertaining and informative.

    Well written in an approachable style that is informative to experienced scientists and general readers alike.

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  • Posted November 4, 2010

    Excellent Explanation of Innovation!

    Johnson examines seven types of innovation. While I've only made my way through three of them (adjacent possible, liquid networks, and slow hunch), I've already read enough of this book to rate it and to recommend it to others. This author examines the common themes behind various innovations while also providing examples. From these themes and examples, prospective innovators can become more conscious of how innovation works, which for me has meant virtually endless inspiration. For the ideas it has inspired in me, I'm rating it five stars. I'd recommend it to anyone who's ever had bursts of inspiration and wondered why they haven't been able to replicate those circumstances, or anyone who wants to innovate at all.

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