From the New York Occasions best-selling writer of The place Good Concepts Come From and All the things Unhealthy Is Good for You, a brand new have a look at the facility and legacy of nice concepts.On this quantity, Steven Johnson explores the historical past of innovation over centuries, tracing aspects of contemporary life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to call a number of) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historic penalties. Stuffed with stunning tales of unintentional genius and good errors – from the French writer who invented the phonograph earlier than Edison however forgot to incorporate playback, to the Hollywood film star who helped invent the know-how behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – How We Received to Now investigates the key historical past behind the on a regular basis objects of up to date life. In his trademark model, Johnson examines surprising connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the most important migration of human beings within the historical past of the species – to cities akin to Dubai or Phoenix, which might in any other case be just about uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped set off the economic revolution; and the way clear water made it attainable to fabricate pc chips. Accompanied by a serious six-part tv collection on PBS, How We Received to Now’s the story of collaborative networks constructing the trendy world, written within the provocative, informative, and fascinating model that has earned Johnson followers across the globe.
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