Play, Curiosity & the Importance of Having Fun

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People are shown at one of the gaming tables at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., May 24, 1955.

Steven Johnson talks about his latest book, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, an illustrated history of entertainment which argues that the pursuit of “novelty and wonder” drives technological change. He profiles people he calls the “innovators of leisure,” the showmen and artists who changed the world with their luxury wares, taverns, gambling tables and magic shows.

Event: Steven Johnson will be speaking and signing books at a Community Bookstore sponsored event at Berkeley Carroll (152 Sterling Place, Brooklyn) on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 p.m.