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How to Fly a Horse - The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

Kevin Ashton

As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity's greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to "fly a horse," Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how "new" comes to be.

As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity's greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to "fly a horse," Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how "new" comes to be.
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As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity's greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to "fly a horse," Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how "new" comes to be.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 53m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:31


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:20


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:27


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:23


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:09


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:39


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:52


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:49


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:23


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:08


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:36


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:26


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:52


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:27


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:51


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:48


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:41


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:44


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:36


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:02


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:36


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:10


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:05


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:24


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:37


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:19


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:42


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:17


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:47


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:56


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:19


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:15


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:35


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:27


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:07


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:35