Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From

The Natural History of Innovation

Book - 2010
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From the New York Times bestselling author of How We Got To Now and Farsighted

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 applicable approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality. Where Good Ideas Come From gives us both an important new understanding of the history of innovation and a set of useful strategies for cultivating our own creative breakthroughs.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead, 2010.
ISBN: 9781594487712
Characteristics: 326 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 07, 2011

Fascinating. Goes beyond Malcom Gladwell. Comforting to understand how breakthroughs are slow and take many 'hunchs' to develope.

Dec 30, 2010

I returned this in December and I've already forgotten what it's about.

So maybe it wasn't such a good idea.

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