Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World (Hardcover)
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Ahouse of wonders itself. . . .Wonderlandinspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows The New York Times Book Review
From theNew York Times bestselling author ofHow We Got to NowandWhere Good Ideas Come From, a look atthe world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained.
This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes along-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.
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.
About the Author
Steven Johnsonis the bestselling author of ten books, includingHow We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From, The Invention of Air, The Ghost Map, and Everything Bad Is Good for You. The founder of a variety of influential websites, he is the host and co-creator of the PBS and BBC seriesHow We Got to Now. Johnson lives in Marin County, California, and Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and three sons."