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From Steven Johnson, the bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now,the companion book to his six-part TV series, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations. How did the advent of frozen TV dinners help give birth to at least four million babies? And what about our battle against dirt? How did that create the flat screen and the iPhone? This book is a celebration of ideas: how they happen and their sometimes unintended results. Johnson shows how simple scientific breakthroughs have driven other discoveries through the network of ideas and innovations that made each finding possible. He traces important inventions through ancient and contemporary history, unlocking tales of unsung heroes and radical revolutions that changed the world and the way we live in it. Praise for Where Good Ideas Come From: `Stimulating and insightful . . . a huge diversity of bright ideas` Financial Times `Exhilarating, idea-thirsty, full of intriguing facts` Sunday Times Steven Johnson is the US bestselling author of 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. Printed Pages: 243. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 79704
Inhaltsangabe: From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas.
In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.
In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.
About the Author: Steven Johnson is the author of the bestsellers Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good for You, Mind Wide Open, Emergence, and Interface Culture, and is the editor of the anthology The Innovator’s Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.
Titel: How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made...
Verlag: Penguin Books India
Buchbeschreibung Penguin Books Ltd (UK), 2014. Broschiert. Buchzustand: Wie neu. 243 Seiten Gebrauchtexemplar aus Rücksendung mit kleinem Fehler aus Versand. Zustand fast wie neu. Tagesaktueller, sicherer und weltweiter Versand. Wir liefern grundsätzlich mit beigelegter Rechnung. 1051682.01 Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 386. Artikel-Nr. 505889
Buchbeschreibung Penguin UK Sep 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - From Steven Johnson, the bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From , comes How We Got to Now , the companion book to his six-part BBC One television series exploring the power and the legacy of great ideas. How did photography bring about social reform What connects refrigeration to Hollywood And how did our battle against dirt help create smartphones In this story of ingenious breakthroughs and unsung heroes, Steven Johnson explores the essential innovations that changed the world and how we live in it. 'A new Steven Johnson book is something not to be missed. The author has become the leading writer on how inventions happen' Daniel Finkelstein, The Times, Books of the Year 'Graceful and compelling . you'll find yourself exhilarated' The New York Times Book Review 'Readable, entertaining, and a challenge to any jaded sensibility that has become inured to the everyday miracles all around us' Peter Forbes, Guardian 'This nimble history of invention . . .is a many-layered delight' Nature 256 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781846148552
Buchbeschreibung Penguin LCC US Sep 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - 293 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781594633935
Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Books, 2014. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Near Fine. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Near Fine. First. Binding tight and straight, inner pages clean and unmarked. Dust Jacket is price-intact, clean with mild shelfwear.; 9.06 X 6.30 X 1.10 inches. Artikel-Nr. 49557