How the printing press led to the microscope, and chlorination transformed women’s fashion—Steven Johnson channels James Burke.
This sounds like it’s a going to be a good: a new TV series by Steven Johnson on the history of technology and innovation. Sounds very Burkian, which is a very good thing.
A terrific long-zoom look at web technologies, pointing out that the snobbishness towards declarative languages is a classic example of missing out on the disruptive power of truly innovative ideas …much like the initial dismissive attitude towards the web itself.
A rallying cry from Neal Stephenson for Getting Big Stuff Done.
Apparently I’m the anti- David Cameron. I’ll take that.
Space stasis: What the strange persistence of rockets can teach us about innovation. - By Neal Stephenson - Slate Magazine
An excellent historical overview of rocketry by Neal Stephenson.
Bobbie documents the work of Jan Chipchase, currently looking into the design decisions behind counterfeit goods on sale in Shanghai.
An absolutely fantastic write-up of Science Hack Day San Francisco ...as seen through the lens of Stephen Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From.
Stephen Johnson wrote a book. Frank Chimero did a doodle.
You'll need to use Instapaper/Readability/Safari Reader to make it legible, but this conversation is well worth reading. Now I want to get those books.
Matt Ridley's new book sounds like a corker.
Steven Johnson waxes lyrical on Twitter.
Scenius is like genius, only embedded in a scene rather than in genes.
Ev Williams has some tips for evaluating business ideas, broken down by tractability, obviousness, deepness, wideness, discoverability, monetizability (ugh!) and the all-important "personally compelling" factor.
Derek points to a new piece of assistive technology and wonders where the next innovation will come from.
Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake are on the cover of Newsweek. How cool is that?
An inspiring essay by Janice Fraser of Adaptive Path. The internet is back.