How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world

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Published:
New York : Riverhead Books, [2014].
Format:
eBook
Physical Desc:
1 online resource (293 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Lexile measure:
1230L
Rating:
10-Adult.
Status:
MackinVIA
Description
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. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of 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 of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes-from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson 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. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780698154506, 0698154509
Lexile measure:
1230

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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Citation/References
Kirkus Reviews,,8/15/2014
Citation/References
Publishers Weekly,,7/7/2014
Citation/References
Science Books and Films,,12/2014
Description
Explores the history and effects of six inventions that have helped shape modern society.
Target Audience
10-Adult.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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eBook.
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MackinVIA eBook.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Johnson, S. (2014). How we got to now: six innovations that made the modern world. New York: Riverhead Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Steven, 1968-. 2014. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. New York: Riverhead Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Steven, 1968-, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. New York: Riverhead Books, 2014.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Johnson, Steven. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. New York: Riverhead Books, 2014.

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