Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From : The Seven Patterns of Innovation

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From the author of Emergence and The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation identifies key principles that are the driving force of creativity. Learn how: A slow hunch can be much more valuable than a Eureka momentThe connected 'hive mind' is smarter than the lone thinkerWhere you think matters just as much as what you're thinkingThe best ideas come from building on the ideas and inventions of others From the Renaissance to satellites, medical breakthroughs to social media, Charles Darwin to Marconi, Steven Johnson shows how, by recognising where and how patterns of creativity occur, we can all discover the secrets of inspiration. 'Inspirational' Independent 'Exhilarating ... An entirely new way of looking at almost everything' Guardian 'A huge diversity of bright ideas' Financial Times 'Johnson finds new and original things to say about the nature of innovation, and the different forms it can take' Economist, Books of the Year 'An enthralling work full of counter-intuitive insights' Daily Mail Steven Johnson is the author of the acclaimed books Everything Bad is Good for You, Mind Wide Open, Emergence and Interface Culture. His writing appeared in the Guardian, the New Yorker, Nation and Harper's, as well as the op-ed pages of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a Distinguished Writer In Residence at NYU's School Of Journalism, and a Contributing Editor to Wired.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0141033401
  • 9780141033402
  • 103,414

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Stimulating and insightful ... a huge diversity of bright ideas * Financial Times * Johnson develops his provocative thesis in a book that is lucid and ... brilliant. * New Scientist * [An] exhilarating, idea-thirsty book ... full of intriguing facts. * Sunday Times *
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About Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the author of the US bestsellers The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good For You, and Mind Wide Open, as well as Emergence and Interface Culture. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites - currently, outside.in - and is a contributing editor to Wired.
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Stimulating and insightful ... a huge diversity of bright ideas Financial Times
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