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Where Good Ideas Come From
     

Where Good Ideas Come From

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by Steven Johnson
 

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The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society,

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Where Good Ideas Come From 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
csaint More than 1 year ago
I just recently started reading this book in an advanced readers format. Previous to this title, I have seen his other titles come in to the store and none of them really compelled me enough to read them. I may go back and read some of his earlier works after reading this book. Johnson explores "innovation" and what fosters it etc in a way that really makes you explore the past, examine the present, and ponder the future. A great cross between science and culture--a definite must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Li_Min_Ho More than 1 year ago
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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