Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation

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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation

by Steven Johnson

Riverhead | October 5, 2010 | Hardcover

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

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.

 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.31 × 6.37 × 1.08 in

Published: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594487715

ISBN - 13: 9781594487712

Found in: Motivational

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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History Of Innovation

by Steven Johnson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 pages, 9.31 × 6.37 × 1.08 in

Published: October 5, 2010

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594487715

ISBN - 13: 9781594487712

About the Book

Johnson addresses an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? He provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how the ideas are born that push careers, lives, society, and culture forward.

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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.

 

About the Author

Steven Johnson is the author of seven bestsellers, including Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator’s Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites—most recently, outside.in—and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.
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