Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation

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Riverhead Books, 2011 - History - 326 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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Absolutely brilliant research and storytelling. - Goodreads
Dude's writing style is so pretentious. - Goodreads
Solid. Easy to read. - Goodreads
A good introduction to innovation theory. - Goodreads
Amazing research, well done. - Goodreads
Some decent insight. - Goodreads

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Surprisingly short book. It is filled with good concepts and ideas, but some of them feel up in the wire like they should be narrowed down or supported with additional theory. The books biggest ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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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