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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation | [Steven Johnson]

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.
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Publisher's Summary

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on - in exhilarating style - one of our key questions: "Where do good ideas come from?"

With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his best-selling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen?

Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

©2010 Steven Johnson (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Nat Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-14-12
    Nat Santa Clara, CA, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2002
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    "What's with the accents?"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Singer’s performances?

    This is nonfiction, not a novel or a historical re-enactment. The narrator breaks out into English and French accents whenever he can, which is very distracting.


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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 01-16-12
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "good book, some good examples"

    Interesting title, with many examples. Slightly short on substance, I think the author could have elaborated more on his theories for these topics.

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    Mitch Glendale, CA, United States 01-12-11
    Mitch Glendale, CA, United States 01-12-11
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    "You are your brain?"

    Where do good ideas come from? The brain. If that appeals to you, if you believe you are nothing but the some total of your body and it's organs, then this book will appeal to you. If not, I suggest looking elsewhere.

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    Steve Fort Collins, CO, United States 12-20-10
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    "Half a book"

    Could have been a LOT better. Interesting information on innovation, but I couldn't tell most of the time whether it was a book on how wonderful biological evolution is, or on where good ideas come from. Very frustrating.

    Oh - and the "impersonations" by the reader - really distracting from the content.

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    Inbal Karme Yosef, Israel 02-02-11
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    "can't get it or hear it "

    very sad i couldn't hear it - hope i can hear what i paid for

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