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

Steven Johnson

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Look out for Johnson's new book, Wonderland, on sale November 15, 2016. From the New York Times-bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated history, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes-from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species-to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

6h 12m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:29


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:37