Where Good Ideas Come From : The Natural History of Innovation

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/4/2011
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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A "dynamic" ( Los Angeles Times) new understanding of one of life's key questions-from the New York Timesbestselling author. This sweeping study of the history of innovation breaks out the seven patterns of innovation like "the slow hunch" and "serendipity." It debunks the myth of the lone genius and presents the real-world dynamics and context that enable innovation. Johnson shows how understanding the roots of innovation can lead to our own creative breakthroughs.

Author Biography

Steven Johnson is the author of the bestselling books The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good for You, and Mind Wide Open. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites, and writes for Time, Wired, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reef, City, Webp. 1
The Adjacent Possiblep. 23
Liquid Networksp. 43
The Slow Hunchp. 67
Serendipityp. 97
Errorp. 129
Exaptationp. 149
Platformsp. 175
Conclusion: The Fourth Quadrantp. 211
Acknowledgmentsp. 247
Appendix: Chronology of Key Innovations, 14002000p. 251
Notes and Further Readingp. 295
Bibliographyp. 303
Indexp. 315
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