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Wonderland - How Play Made the Modern World

Steven Johnson

"A house of wonders itself. . . . Wonderland inspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows" -The New York Times Book Review From the New York Times-bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. In Wonderland, Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

"A house of wonders itself. . . . Wonderland inspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows" -The New York Times Book Review From the New York Times-bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. In Wonderland, Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.
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"A house of wonders itself. . . . Wonderland inspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows" -The New York Times Book Review From the New York Times-bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. In Wonderland, Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

8h 45m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:21


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:43


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:49


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:08


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:03


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:38


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:19


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:51


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:15


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:20


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:09


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:32


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:38


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:13


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:49


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:16


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:46


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:15


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:33