From Steven Johnson, the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas
Come From, comes How We Got to Now, the companion book to his
six-part BBC One television series exploring the power and the
legacy of great ideas. How did photography bring about social
reform? What connects refrigeration to Hollywood? And how did our
battle against dirt help create smartphones? In this story of
ingenious breakthroughs and unsung heroes, Steven Johnson explores
the essential innovations that changed the world and how we live in
it. "A new Steven Johnson book is something not to be missed. The
author has become the leading writer on how inventions happen."
(Daniel Finkelstein, The Times, Books of the Year). "Graceful and
compelling...you'll find yourself exhilarated." (The New York Times
Book Review). "Readable, entertaining, and a challenge to any jaded
sensibility that has become inured to the everyday miracles all
around us." (Peter Forbes, Guardian). "This nimble history of
invention...is a many-layered delight." (Nature).