Steven Johnson





Steven Johnson

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Steven Johnson is the author of the bestsellers Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, Everything Bad Is Good For You, and Mind Wide Open, as well as Emergence and Interface Culture. He is the founder of a variety of influential websites—most recently, outside.in—and writes for Time, Wired, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.


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A few months ago, I found this strange white mold growing in my garden in California. I’m a novice gardener, and to make matters worse, a novice Californian, so I had no idea what these small white cells might portend for my flowers.



This is one of those odd blank spots -- I used the call them Googleholes in the early days of the service -- where the usual Delphic source of all knowledge comes u...

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Average rating: 3.87 · 31,056 ratings · 3,326 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
The Ghost Map: The Story of...
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 16,710 ratings — published 2006 — 23 editions
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Where Good Ideas Come From:...
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Everything Bad is Good for You
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 3,128 ratings — published 2005 — 22 editions
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Mind Wide Open: Your Brain ...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,531 ratings — published 1999 — 19 editions
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Emergence: The Connected Li...
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The Invention of Air
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Future Perfect: The Case fo...
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 477 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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Interface Culture: How New ...
3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 195 ratings — published 1997 — 5 editions
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The Innovator's Cookbook: E...
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The Best Technology Writing...
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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“The patterns are simple, but followed together, they make for a whole that is wiser than the sum of its parts. Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down, but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies; frequent coffeehouses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on your ideas; borrow, recycle; reinvent. Build a tangled bank.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

“Bill Gates (and his successor at Microsoft, Ray Ozzie) are famous for taking annual reading vacations. During the year they deliberately cultivate a stack of reading material—much of it unrelated to their day-to-day focus at Microsoft—and then they take off for a week or two and do a deep dive into the words they’ve stockpiled. By compressing their intake into a matter of days, they give new ideas additional opportunities to network among themselves, for the simple reason that it’s easier to remember something that you read yesterday than it is to remember something you read six months ago.”
Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation



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