Where Good Ideas Come From (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2010 - Business & Economics - 336 pages
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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 the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.
  

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A good introduction to innovation theory. - Goodreads
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Contents

The Superlinear City
The 1010 Rule
DOUBLEENTRY ACCOUNTING 13001400
TERRESTRIAL GLOBE 1492
SQUARE ROOT AND PLUS AND MINUS SYMBOLS 1525
STEAM TURBINE 1551
STOCKING FRAME 1589
TELESCOPE 16001610

SUNSPOTS 1610
SLIDE RULE 1632
MECHANICAL CALCULATOR 1645
BALANCE SPRING WATCHES 1660
SPEED OF LIGHT FIRST QUANTITATIVE MEASURE 1676
LAW OF UNIVERSAL GRAVITATION 1686
STEAM ENGINE 1712
LINNEAN TAXONOMY 1735
CARBONATED WATER 1767
BIFOCALS CIRCA 1780
SMALLPOX VACCINE 1796
MOLECULES 18001810
STETHOSCOPE 1816
SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS 1824
REVOLVER 1836
VULCANIZED RUBBER 1839
PIG IRONSTEELMAKING 18501860
MASON JAR 1858
PLASTIC 1862
DISCOVERY OF BENZENE STRUCTURE 1865
ENZYMES 1878
QUANTUM MECHANICS 1925
PENICILLIN 1928
RADAR 1935
ATOMIC REACTOR 1938
TRANSISTOR 1947
EARLY LIFE SIMULATED 1953
GPS 1958
RESTRICTION ENZYMES 1968
MRI 1974
ARCHAEA 1977
UNIVERSE ACCELERATING 1988
ON INNOVATION
THE ADJACENT POSSIBLE
LIQUID NETWORKS
SERENDIPITY
ERROR
EXAPTATION
PLATFORMS
THE FOURTH QUADRANT
Copyright

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