How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

By Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now, featured in a major television series on PBS, traces the history of some of the most important discoveries of contemporary life and their effect, sometimes unintended, on historical events. An expansive and thoughtful exploration of ideas, innovation and the quixotic role of circumstance, Steven Johnson describes the discoveries of glass, clean water, electric light and sound recording, to name a few, and the far-reaching inventions they made possible. 


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ISBN: 9781594633935

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Publisher Riverhead Books
Publish date 09/22/2015
Pages 320
ISBN-13 9781594633935
ISBN-10 1594633932
Language English

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