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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Last Tuesday was the publication date for How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World. It’s my ninth book, but the first to be accompanied by a TV series, airing on PBS beginning on October 15. It’s also by a wide margin the most appealing physical book I’ve ever published: Geoff Kloske and the team at Riverhead did an amazing job with it--great design, full-color images throu...

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Average rating: 3.87 · 34,068 ratings · 3,535 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
The Ghost Map: The Story of...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 17,863 ratings — published 2006 — 23 editions
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Where Good Ideas Come From:...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 4,737 ratings — published 2012 — 29 editions
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Mind Wide Open: Your Brain ...
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,837 ratings — published 1999 — 19 editions
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Everything Bad is Good for You
3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 3,239 ratings — published 2005 — 23 editions
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Emergence: The Connected Li...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,899 ratings — published 2001 — 12 editions
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The Invention of Air
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,843 ratings — published 2008 — 13 editions
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How We Got to Now: The Hist...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 790 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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Future Perfect: The Case fo...
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 537 ratings — published 2012 — 12 editions
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Interface Culture: How New ...
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 204 ratings — published 1997 — 5 editions
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The Innovator's Cookbook: E...
3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 2011 — 6 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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