Steven Johnson

Author of Ghost Map and Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson appears in the following:

The Stories Behind the Accidental Inventors Who Shaped the World

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The accidental genius and brilliant mistakes that led to the invention of some everyday objects of modern life


How We Got to Now: Quest for Light and Cleanliness

Monday, October 06, 2014

Science and technology writer Steven Johnson explains that once inventions were made to give us light and clean, people realized how enslaved we had been by dark and dirt. 

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How We Got to Now: A Guide to Great Ideas

Friday, October 03, 2014

Science and technology writer Steven Johnson explores the unintended, widespread consequences of gadgets and ideas developed to correct small problems.

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The Stories Behind the Accidental Inventors Who Shaped the World

Monday, September 29, 2014

The accidental genius and brilliant mistakes that led to the invention of some everyday objects of modern life

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Progress in a Networked Age

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Steven Johnson makes the case that a new model of political change is on the rise, transforming everything from local governments to classrooms, from protest movements to health care. In Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age shows how politics are influenced by the interconnectedness of the Internet and breaks with the conventional categories of liberal or conservative thinking.

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Flash Forward: The Future of Innovation in a Post-Steve Jobs Era

Friday, October 07, 2011

After Steve Jobs died on Wednesday, many reflected on his innovations, and how they changed what the world has come to expect from technology. His intuitive understanding of design and human psychology helped him to create a user-friendly approach to high-tech computing which, in turn, made Apple one of the most popular brands in the world.

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What Does Technology Want?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Are new ideas and new inventions inevitable? Are they driven by us or by a larger force of nature?

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Where Good Ideas Come From

Monday, October 18, 2010

Steven Johnson looks into what sparks brilliant ideas and how innovation happens. In Where Good Ideas Come From, he tells the exciting and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

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'Information Ubiquity' Connects Swine Flu and the Kindle

Monday, May 11, 2009

Experts said our interconnected world was going to make outbreaks like H1N1 far worse than those that came before. But author Steven Johnson says that information spreads faster than people do, and that's what will keep us safe. This is thanks to what he calls "information ubiquity," which is the same force behind the decline of newspapers and the rise of e-readers like the Kindle. Johnson is the author of a recent book about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London called The Ghost Map as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, and his most recent book is The Invention of Air. He is also the founder of hyper-local reporting site Outside.In.

For more, read Steven Johnson's article in the Wall Street Journal, How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write.
"We don't have national headlines about car accidents, but we about child abductions, ironically, because they're unusual and because they're so dramatic. So we're drawn to those things because they're unusual and dramatic, but the instill in us a wrong sense of where the actual threats are."
—Author Steven Johnson on the spread of information


The Invention of Air

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

We look at the life of J.B. Priestley, the 18th century radical thinker who discovered oxygen and founded the Unitarian Church. Steven Johnson’s new book about Priestley is The Invention of Air.

Steven Johnson will be speaking and signing books at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble tonight ...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

We turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to get to the bottom of what really steers our decisions.

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Bad is the New Good

Saturday, May 07, 2005

In his new book, Everything Bad is Good For You, Steven Johnson argues that many of our guilty pleasures, like primetime TV and video games may actually be enhancing our cognitive abilities — NOT making us dumber or slower. Kurt asks Steven how media junkfood, ...


Writer Steven Johnson on Cultural Emergence

Saturday, January 26, 2002

Kurt Andersen talks with writer Steven Johnson about emergence — looking at the organic ways culture evolves, what art has to do with anthills. Johnson is the author of Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software. He was a co-founder of the on-line magazine Feed.