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

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern WorldHow We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fascinating look at six areas of innovation (glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light) and how unexpected interactions lead to advances. For example: the sacking of Constantinople led a community of glassmakers to leave and settle in Venice. The fact that making glass requires high temperature furnaces that would not infrequently burn down neighborhoods led the government to “exile” them on a nearby island, which then became a hotbed of innovation. The Gutenberg printing press led many people to realize that they were farsighted, which popularized spectacles. That technology later led to the development of microscopes and telescopes. And so on and so on.

Good book, highly recommended!

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