How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
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James Altucher's Review:

This book belong to a list top ten books to expand your brain by James Altucher

Also add to this: “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson.

Basically: don’t believe the myth of the lonely genius.

Ideas come from a confluence of history, “the adjacent possible” specific geographic locations, etc.

The connections Johnson makes are brilliant. For instance, The Gutenberg Press (which, in itself, was invented because of improvements in sewing looms), made everyone realize they had bad vision.

So the science of lenses was created. So microscopes were eventually created. So germs were eventually discovered. So modern medical science was discovered.

And so on. Johnson is a thinker and a linker and tells a good story.

Ref: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2015/09/books-brain-expand/