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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Johnson Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101403860
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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 bestselling 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 5/19/2011

    " Good mix of historical example and practical applicable concept. He creates a framework for how to put yourself in a position to nurture innovation. Enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt | 5/5/2011

    " Johnson is a great writer, explaining complicated concepts clearly, but this book is his best yet. It makes the case for communal discovery better than any previous attempt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Projection | 4/30/2011

    " Honestly, I didnt quite follow the book. Out of my naivety I found it messy, boring and entangled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Travis | 4/29/2011

    " More of a history than insight into the process of innovation. Summary: the adjacent possible (build on what is present), liquid networks (big cities, lots of people sharing ideas). Some history about Darwin and others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 4/20/2011

    " A lot of fascinating tidbits and interesting conjectures... not sure it added up to something conrete/coherent in the end. The writing was bad in places.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/10/2011

    " I picked up this book after hearing Steven Johnson's interview on CBC's Spark. His arguments are compelling, and the book is chock full of invention origin stories - a very interesting read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonas Lejeune | 4/5/2011

    " Het boek en de ideeën erin zijn best de moeite. Geen aanrader om in korte stukjes te lezen (zoals ik zelf maar al te vaak doe), maar beter in een paar keer uitlezen zodat je de verschillende grote lijnen en aangehaalde voorbeelden nog van elkaar kunt onderscheiden ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 G | 4/2/2011

    " A Gladwellian gloss on inspiration and intellectual property. "

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About the Author
Author Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books, including How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC series How We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons.

About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin.