Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

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by Steven Johnson
     
 

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, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies

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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, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out applicable approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality. Where Good Ideas Come From gives us both an important new understanding of the history of innovation and a set of useful strategies for cultivating our own creative breakthroughs.

Steven Johnson's newest book, Future Perfect, is now available from Riverhead Books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594487712
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
401,913
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction Reef, City, Web 1

I The Adjacent Possible 23

II Liquid Networks 43

III The Slow Hunch 67

IV Serendipity 97

V Error 129

VI Exaptation 149

VII Platforms 175

Conclusion The Fourth Quadrant 211

Acknowledgments 247

Appendix: Chronology of Key Innovations, 1400-2000 251

Notes and Further Reading 295

Bibliography 303

Index 315

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