How We Got to Now

  • by Steven Johnson
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson, read by George Newbern.
From Steven Johnson, the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations.
How did the advent of refrigeration help create the golden age of Hollywood? How did the invention of flash photography help shift public opinion on the plight of New York's poorest inhabitants and bring about social reform? And what about our battle against dirt? How did that help create the microchips in our smartphones and computers?
Unlocking tales of unsung heroes and unexpected scientific revolutions, this is the story of the ideas that changed the world and the way we live in it.


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A delight

A superbly written book which digs thoughtfully into aspects of technological change and surprises with what it concludes. The author's analogy of the hummingbird effect is apt. The reading is excellent.Recommended!
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- Chris J. Peters

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-28-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd