if you like stories of inventors and the origins of technology, this is a great look at the generative processes behind them.
An excellent systems view of how things work, of the development and transmission of ideas. As a design engineer I found this very relatable. I have many times experienced the "light bulb" moment at the end of the slow hunch, and long been aware of the contributions from diverse fields of knowledge and life experience for solving problems. This book puts it all together, and in so doing suggests ways to structure our daily lives to support and increase good ideas.
John Sowash is an experienced educator and former school administrator who challenges educators to lead their classrooms with creativity.
An outstanding look and the development and proliferation of ideas and invention. This title is comprehensive in its subject matter and examples and tears down many commonly held misconceptions related to competition, free markets, and capitalism.
If you are looking to understand the science and history around innovation grounded in facts that span the life of Ford, 3M, and Apple then this is the book for you.
Steven does a good job beating (read repetitive) into the science behind what makes innovation so special and albeit hard to manufacture.
It has been a while but I am reviewing this before I close the account for future readers. I know I liked this book and it skips about like the old show "Connections" (not that old), where it flits from idea to idea like a butterfly to flowers. So if that is going to bother you, and you want in-depth on a single subject, then look elsewhere. I have liked all this author's books and this one is narrated very well with a "normal" reading, not stuffy, no strange voice, no over-drama, no monotone. How novel of an idea, no? General intellectual interest with flairs of history and science, this one felt more like a survey if I recall correctly and touches on the author's previous topics (Dr Snow and Priestly). Of the 3 books I have read by this author I prefer the book on Priestly "The Invention of Air" best and would rank "The Ghost Map" second if not for some super-baritoney narration.
The ideas that good ideas come from a crises, confusion, failure, an d from the use of one idea being used in an entirely different way in another area. How one sphere of activity can change another in very radical ways. Like wine making in Germany gives birth to the movable type printing press.
Just smile at how obviouse and simple the conclusions often were.
This book was so good that I have already listened to it twice and I bought a paper copy of it. I wanted to listen again because some of the points that were made were so important that I wanted to be sure that I absorbed them completely (the adjacent possible, liquid networks, intellectual property, the history of innovation...)
I would compare this book to Tipping Point by Gladwell because it offers a new way of looking at something and the book brings together many disparate concepts in a way that helps the reader to make sense of innovation and what can be done when we tap into our innovations.
Eric Singer has a great voice and he reads clearly and at a great pace. He really draws you into the story.
I was fortunate to be driving from San Diego to San Luis Obispo so I was able to listen to whole way there and then I listened on the say back. In fact, I was so into the book that I got a speeding ticket along the way....
Thank you for writing this book! I bought copies for my three work partners and they have already listened to and read the book.
I might listen again but more importantly I take away ideas that change my habits and get me excited.
John Locke - He really is but I haven't finished. The book is a review of aspects of creativity not a story. I listen in short bursts and it is a good thing since every two minutes, I hear another idea that keeps me occupied for a day.
I can't decide if I like his using different accents for historical figures or not. He is very good at it.
No, too rich, too powerful
Johnson's The Invention of Air is another gold mine
This is an excellent book with concrete evidence how good ideas are generated. Taking examples from multiple fields Steven Johnson shows a very convincing picture of what one needs to do in order to generate good ideas.