March 15th’s meeting of the Faculty Commons Book Club will cover Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson. We will meet in 116 Pearson Hall from noon to 1:00 pm. Drinks & desserts provided. RSVP requested.

The facilitators of this meeting will be John Jungck, Director of Dupont Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories, Professor of Biological Sciences; Lynnette Overby, Professor, Department of Theatre, Deputy Director Community Engagement Initiative ; Jon Cox, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Project Liaison in the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories, National Geographic Explorer.

“The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery–these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.” –Amazon Review

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