Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

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Penguin, 15 nov. 2016 - 336 pagina's
“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†Unexpected Life,†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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Gebruikersrecensie  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Steven Johnson provides a different, intriguing perspective on the history of innovation and invention. He turns the common phrase "necessity is the mother of invention" on its head and shows how much ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

Like Tom Sawyer's friends, most of us are willing to work very hard if it seems like play. How else explain the appeal of crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, cross-stitch and golf? Because of all the ... Volledige review lezen

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NTRODUCTION
1
FASH ION AND SHOPPING
17
ILLUSION
147
PUBLIC SPACE
233
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Over de auteur (2016)

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of eleven books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Wonderland, and The Ghost Map. He's the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got To Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn and Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.

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