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Where Good Ideas Come From

The Natural History of Innovation

Steven Johnson

A fascinating deep dive on innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and FarsightedThe 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 tech...
Publish Date
October 3
First Published in 2010
Goodreads rating
Quite good at giving examples of how you create environments that can encourage good ideas.      source
Sep 15, 2015
The connections Johnson makes are brilliant. For instance, The Gutenberg Press (which, in itself, was invented because of improvements in sewing looms), made everyone realize they had bad vision. So the science of lenses was created. So microscopes were eventually created. So germs were eventually discovered. So modern medical science was discovered. And so on. Johnson is a thinker and a linker and tells a good story.      source
Mar 13, 2012
On the List of my favorite books.      source
Feb 05, 2020
@Michaelross1141 @wykle_g @bertkreischer I can’t keep saying it in slightly differently ways I’m afraid. Asked and answered. But yeah, I can’t recommend this book enough so will just say it one last time. It will reveal a *lot* of fascinating things about the genesis of innovation, even down to biology. Read it ❤️🤟      source