Look out for Johnson s new book, Wonderland, w on sale. The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough techlogies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson's answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine invation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the invation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.
Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of Future Perfect, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, andEverything Bad is Good for You, and is the editor of The Innovator's Cookbook. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites and writes for Time, Wired, TheNew York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.