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How We Got to Now : Six Innovations That Made the Modern

$13.50 Paperback

Written By:

Steven Johnson

About the Author:

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas.

Published By:

Gardners Books, 09/24/2015

Product Details:

293 pages : 9.00 H x 1.00 D x 6.00 W inches 1.05 lbs.

This illustrated history explores innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories—from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison, to the movie star who helped technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth—it investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. Examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species—to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. 
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