Wonderland

Wonderland

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DESCRIPTION :
Steven Johnson's fans love the surprising perspective of his long-view approach to history. In this lushly illustrated follow-up to the bestselling How We Got to Now, Johnson applies that lens to the history of popular entertainment, arguing that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Throughout history, he locates the cutting edge of innovation 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, musical experiments, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. 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.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780735211919
BY Johnson, Steven
PUBLISHER : Riverhead Books PUBLICATION DATE : November 15 2016
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : US IMPRINT : Riverhead Books
LANGUAGE : English AGE :
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 228.092 mm x 152.654 mm
WEIGHT : 616.896 g

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DESCRIPTION :
Steven Johnson's fans love the surprising perspective of his long-view approach to history. In this lushly illustrated follow-up to the bestselling How We Got to Now, Johnson applies that lens to the history of popular entertainment, arguing that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Throughout history, he locates the cutting edge of innovation 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, musical experiments, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows. 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.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780735211919
BY Johnson, Steven
PUBLISHER : Riverhead Books PUBLICATION DATE : November 15 2016
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : US IMPRINT : Riverhead Books
LANGUAGE : English AGE :
PRODUCT FORM : Paperback / softback
DIMENSION : 228.092 mm x 152.654 mm
WEIGHT : 616.896 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :