9780312535728

Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312535728

  • ISBN10:

    0312535724

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-09-02
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Summary

Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker , is acollection of true storiesabout where great ideas come from, and is the basis for the Major Motion Picture starring Greg Kinnear releasing October 2008. John Seabrook is one of America's finest non-fiction writers'¦.Fascinating, entertaining, beautifully written and often poignant'¦'”Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation Where Do Great Ideas Come From? In Flash of Genius , John Seabrook explores the moment when inspiration strikes in an otherwise average life, and what happens when that idea moves out into the larger culture and takes on a life'”and commercial possibilities'”of its own. The title piece in this collection is the David v. Goliath story of Bob Kearns, a professor and inventor who came up with something we all use every chance we get: the intermittent windshield wiper. When Kearns' patents were infringed, he fought General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and eventually prevailed in a classic American story of never giving up, never backing down. Seabrook has been fascinated by stories of invention and entrepreneurship since childhood, when he grew up with an uncle who invented something as ubiquitous as Bob Kearns' wipers: boil-in-bag vegetables. In Flash of Genius , Seabrook also writes about his family's invention and about thirteen other iconoclastic visions that turned into the stuff of every day.

Author Biography

John Seabrook began his magazine career at Manhattan Inc. and Vanity Fair and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993. He is the author of Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace, and Nobrow: The Culture of Marketing, the Marketing of Culture. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Flash of Geniusp. 1
The Fruit Detectivep. 32
Game Masterp. 45
Child's Playp. 71
Sowing for Apocalypsep. 84
The Tree of Mep. 111
Fragmentary Knowledgep. 138
Invisible Goldp. 157
Selling the Weatherp. 209
The Slow Lanep. 228
The Tower Builderp. 247
American Scrapp. 268
It Came from Hollywoodp. 291
Tremors in the Hothousep. 304
The Spinach Kingp. 325
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