How Play Made the Modern World

Large Print - 2016 | Large print edition.
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"A house of wonders itself. . . .  Wonderland  inspires grins and well-what-d'ya-knows" -- The New York Times Book Review

From the  New York Times- bestselling author of  How We Got to Now  and  Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained.

This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-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.  
In Wonderland , 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781524709853
Branch Call Number: Large Print 790.1 Joh
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Sep 25, 2017

In order to read this, one needs to have an open view of the interconnectedness of things... definitely don't read it just to fall asleep!

Jan 03, 2017

Very interesting. Gives the reader a new perspective on how things came about and evolved. You will not look at things the same way.

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