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Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made The World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier…

byDavid Johnston, Tom Jenkins

Hardcover | March 28, 2017

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To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, Governor General David Johnston and Tom Jenkins have crafted a richly illustrated volume of brilliant Canadian innovations whose widespread adoption has made the world a better place. From Bovril to BlackBerrys, lightbulbs to liquid helium, peanut butter to Pablum, this is a surprising and incredibly varied collection to make Canadians proud, and to our unique entrepreneurial spirit.

Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces -- insight, necessity, and simple luck. Ingenious moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences, and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. Above all, the book explores what goes on in the mind of an innovator, and maps the incredible spectrum of personalities that have struggled to improve the lot of their neighbours, their fellow citizens, and their species.
     From the marvels of aboriginal invention such as the canoe, snowshoe, igloo, dogsled, lifejacket, and bunk bed to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, philanthropy, science, engineering, community development, business, the arts, and the media, Canadians have improvised and collaborated their way to international admiration. Ingenious tells you why they did it and how they made the world a better place.
One of Canada's most respected and beloved governors general, DAVID JOHNSTON is a graduate of Harvard, Cambridge, and Queen's universities. He served as dean of law at Western University, principal of McGill University, and president of the University of Waterloo. He is the author or co-author of twenty-five books, holds honorary docto...
Title:Ingenious: How Canadian Innovators Made The World Smarter, Smaller, Kinder, Safer, Healthier…Format:HardcoverProduct dimensions:248 pages, 10.27 × 8.33 × 0.84 inShipping dimensions:10.27 × 8.33 × 0.84 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771050917

ISBN - 13:9780771050916


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Real Innovation & Other Canadian World Firsts The Authors Were Unaware Of. 1. Could have included that the world's first electronic spreadsheet, educational multimedia game, multiplayer multimedia game, artistic computer animation (featured at International Cinemateque 1967) and interactive online conference registration system - all came from Rene Pardo in Montreal in the 1960's. 2. Page 81 refers to "Improving A Product" - but it's mickey mouse. It refers to adding small incremental feature benefits rather than significant invention or innovation. Transformational innovations are not about having a hypothesis, testing, retesting, changing hypothesis etc; nor is it about making lists of features of "competitive products" -- Rather it's about ignoring what an industry is doing; understanding the original real problem and goal, often going down a path and approach completely opposite to existing products and trends. " The concept of starting to work "only once resources are in place..." is ludicrous and certainly a far distance from being an innovative entrepreneur. It's this kind of recommendation which maintains our Canadian culture as conservative, low risk taking, and actually works against encouraging innovation, invention and entrepreneurship.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun gift! Fun coffee table book or gift. Lots of interesting facts and trivia. Love it!!
Date published: 2017-04-06