Where Good Ideas Come from: the Natural History of Innovation

Where Good Ideas Come from: the Natural History of Innovation


By (author) Steven Johnson

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 29mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594487715
  • ISBN 13: 9781594487712
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 42,454

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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 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. Steven Johnson's newest book, `Future Perfect,` is now available from Riverhead Books.

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Author information

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.