How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Razinha - LibraryThing
A case could be made for other innovations, but Johnson does make his case well for these six (glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light). These are presented a lot like James Burke's Connections, except ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - MrsLee - LibraryThing
Through the history of Glass, Cold, Sound, Clean, Time and Light, the author helps us to see behind our everyday conveniences. He used the history of these things to show how ideas take root and how ... Read full review
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