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Also by Steven Johnson:

How We Got to Now, October 2014
Hardcover
Future Perfect, September 2012
Hardcover
Where Good Ideas Come From, October 2010
Hardcover
The Invention of Air, January 2009
Hardcover
The Ghost Map, October 2006
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Everything Bad Is Good for You, May 2006
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How We Got to Now
Steven Johnson

Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Riverhead Hardcover
October 2014
On Sale: September 30, 2014
304 pages
ISBN: 1594632960
EAN: 9781594632969
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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas.

In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences.

Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life.

In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips.

Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.

Media Buzz

Colbert Report - November 6, 2014
PBS News Hour - October 15, 2014
CBS This Morning - October 4, 2014
Weekend Edition Sunday - September 28, 2014
Daily Show with Jon Stewart - September 25, 2014

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