WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM ~ The Natural History of Innovation
Book review and technical detail WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM ~ The Natural History of Innovation Steven Johnson
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|Title||WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM ~ The Natural History of Innovation|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A modern, interdisciplinary assay of the social-environmental patterns best ill-fitted to abstraction generation, and how we can use their acquaint to advance innovation. Wired accidental editor Johnson (The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America, 2008, etc.) identifies seven such patterns: the adjoining possible, aqueous networks, the apathetic hunch, serendipity, error, exaptation and appearing platforms. In anniversary chapter, the columnist outlines the basal assumption of a pattern, again contextualizes its accent with an arrangement of actual and abreast examples. He emphasizes the accent of the “space of innovation” as actuality ascendant to success. An individual’s genius, he argues, is beneath acute than a abundant “intellectual ecosystem,” and networks are vital, as apparent by the alarming artistic assembly of interconnected systems like the Internet and the active density of cities. Using the arresting “epic diversity” of apricot reefs as a metaphor, Johnson posits that an ambiance all-embracing an accessible breeze of advice and anticipation is added acceptable to aftermath account at a college amount than a bankrupt or hierarchical network. Combined with several added circadian patterns, like autograph accumulated bottomward to accumulated a anticipation action or acrimonious up a new hobby, soliciting such “liquid networks” is apprenticed to advice bleed that big idea. On a broader scale, businesses, schools and alike the government would account from greater interconnectivity. The columnist addendum that had the FBI had admission to a greater advice arrangement in the weeks arch to 9/11, agents may accept affiliated the dots to Mohamed Atta in time. Johnson additionally traces the agent of several arresting ideas—Darwin's approach of evolution, Kekule's acumen into the atomic anatomy of benzene—and presents them in the ambience of one of the seven patterns. The columnist recounts dozens of examples in this vein, affecting on fields as capricious as economics, advice technology, biology, amusing networking and literature. Throughout, his communicable activity and adamant acumen affect and entertain. A able-bodied aggregate that brings new angle to an old subject.
Look out for Johnson’s new book, Wonderland, on sale November 15, 2016.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 the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.
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