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Where Good Ideas Come From Audiobook

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

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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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    William Kennesaw, GA, United States 05-14-16
    William Kennesaw, GA, United States 05-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun and informative"

    if you like stories of inventors and the origins of technology, this is a great look at the generative processes behind them.

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    JP Dallas, TX 04-26-16
    JP Dallas, TX 04-26-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Fascinating and Enlightening"

    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.

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    John R. Sowash Michigan 09-16-15
    John R. Sowash Michigan 09-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Tremendous insight..."

    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.

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    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 03-07-13
    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 03-07-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Thought Provoking Book"

    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.

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    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 08-22-12
    andrew Bountiful, UT, United States 08-22-12
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    "A Great Author"

    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.

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    stephan Fairport, NY, United States 08-21-12
    stephan Fairport, NY, United States 08-21-12
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    "Good Ideas create more good ideas"
    What did you love best about Where Good Ideas Come From?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Singer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just smile at how obviouse and simple the conclusions often were.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Karen 06-04-12
    Karen 06-04-12
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    "Best Book Ever!!!"
    Would you listen to Where Good Ideas Come From again? Why?

    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...)


    What other book might you compare Where Good Ideas Come From to and why?

    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.


    What does Eric Singer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eric Singer has a great voice and he reads clearly and at a great pace. He really draws you into the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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....


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for writing this book! I bought copies for my three work partners and they have already listened to and read the book.

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    Bill 04-16-12
    Bill 04-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Steven Johnson feast"
    Would you listen to Where Good Ideas Come From again? Why?

    I might listen again but more importantly I take away ideas that change my habits and get me excited.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Eric Singer’s performance did you like?

    I can't decide if I like his using different accents for historical figures or not. He is very good at it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too rich, too powerful


    Any additional comments?

    Johnson's The Invention of Air is another gold mine

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    Daniel Kirk-Davidoff 11-29-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Evolution and problem-solving"

    Lots of good anecdotes fleshing out an extended metaphor about the genesis of ideas as an evolutionary process.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 11-26-11
    Al San Francisco, CA 11-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best book on how to generate good ideas"

    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.

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