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Johnson, Steven 1968-

Overview
Works: 72 works in 479 publications in 11 languages and 23,120 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Science television programs  Educational television programs  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos 
Roles: Author
Classifications: T14.5, 614.514
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Steven Johnson
The ghost map : the story of London's most terrifying epidemic--and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world by Steven Johnson( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London--and an exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease in cities. In the summer of 1854, a devastating cholera outbreak seized London just as it was emerging as a modern city: more than 2 million people packed into a ten-mile circumference, a hub of travel and commerce, continually pushing the limits of infrastructure that's outdated as soon as it's updated. Author Johnson chronicles Snow's day-by-day efforts as he risked his own life to prove how the epidemic was being spread. When he created the map that traced the pattern of outbreak back to its source, Dr. Snow didn't just solve a pressing medical riddle--he established a precedent for the way modern city-dwellers, city planners, physicians, and public officials think about the spread of disease and the development of the modern urban environment.--From publisher description."--Source other than the Library of Congress
Everything bad is good for you : how today's popular culture is actually making us smarter by Steven Johnson( Book )

59 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The $10 billion video gaming industry is now the second-largest segment of the entertainment industry in the United States, outstripping film and far surpassing books. Reality television shows featuring silicone-stuffed CEO wannabes and bug-eating adrenaline junkies dominate the ratings. But social and cultural critic Steven Johnson argues that our popular culture has never been smarter. Drawing from fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and literary theory, the author contends that the junk culture we're so eager to dismiss is in fact making us more intelligent. A video game will never be a book nor should it aspire to be. In fact, video games -- from Tetris to the Sims to Grand Theft Auto -- have been shown develop cognitive abilities that can't be learned from books, as well as to raise IQ scores. Likewise, successful television, when examined closely and taken seriously, reveals surprising narrative sophistication and intellectual demands. This book is a hopeful and spirited account of contemporary culture. The author demonstrates that our culture is not declining but changing in exciting and stimulating ways we'd do well to understand
Where good ideas come from : the natural history of innovation by Steven Johnson( Book )

54 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in 9 languages and held by 2,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johnson addresses an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? He provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how the ideas are born that push careers, lives, society, and culture forward
How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world by Steven Johnson( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes--from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth--How We Got to Now investigates the secret history behind the everyday objects of contemporary life. In his trademark style, Johnson examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields: how the invention of air-conditioning enabled the largest migration of human beings in the history of the species-to cities such as Dubai or Phoenix, which would otherwise be virtually uninhabitable; how pendulum clocks helped trigger the industrial revolution; and how clean water made it possible to manufacture computer chips. Accompanied by a major six-part television series on PBS, How We Got to Now is the story of collaborative networks building the modern world, written in the provocative, informative, and engaging style that has earned Johnson fans around the globe. "--
Mind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday life by Steven Johnson( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a mix of experiential reportage, personal storytelling, and fresh scientific discovery, Steven Johnson describes how the brain works-its chemicals, structures, and subroutines-and how these systems connect to the day-to-day realities of individual lives. For a hundred years, he says, many of us have assumed that the most powerful route to self-knowledge took the form of lying on a couch, talking about our childhoods. The possibility entertained in this book is that you can follow another path, in which learning about the brain's mechanics can widen one's self-awareness as powerfully as any therapy or meditation or drug. In Mind Wide Open, Johnson embarks on this path as his own test subject, participating in a battery of attention tests, learning to control video games by altering his brain waves, scanning his own brain with a $2 million fMRI machine, all in search of a modern answer to the oldest of questions: who am I? Along the way, Johnson explores how we "read" other people, how the brain processes frightening events (and how we might rid ourselves of the scars those memories leave), what the neurochemistry is behind love and sex, what it means that our brains are teeming with powerful chemicals closely related to recreational drugs, why music moves us to tears, and where our breakthrough ideas come from. Johnson's clear, engaging explanation of the physical functions of the brain reveals not only the broad strokes of our aptitudes and fears, our skills and weaknesses and desires, but also the momentary brain phenomena that a whole human life comprises. Why, when hearing a tale of woe, do we sometimes smile inappropriately, even if we don't want to? Why are some of us so bad at remembering phone numbers but brilliant at recognizing faces? Why does depression make us feel stupid? To read Mind Wide Open is to rethink family histories, individual fates, and the very nature of the self, and to see that brain science is now personally transformative-a valuable tool for better relationships and better living
The invention of air : a story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America by Steven Johnson( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the story of Joseph Priestley-- scientist and theologian, protege of Benjamin Franklin-- an 18th-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the U.S
Emergence : the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software by Steven Johnson( Book )

45 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emergence is what happens when an interconnected system of relatively simple elements self-organizes to form more intelligent, more adaptive higher-level behavior. It's a bottom-up model rather than being engineered by a general or a master planner, emergence begins at the ground level. Systems that at first glance seem vastly different--ant colonies, human brains, cities, immune systems--all turn out to follow the rules of emergence. In each of these systems, agents residing on one scale start producing behavior that lies a scale above them: ants create colonies, urbanites create neighborhoods. Author Steven Johnson takes readers on an eye-opening intellectual journey from the discovery of emergence to its applications. He introduces us to our everyday surroundings, offering surprising examples of feedback, self-organization, and adaptive learning. Drawing upon evolutionary theory, urban studies, neuroscience, and computer games, Emergence is a guidebook to one of the key components of twenty-first-century culture. Until recently, Johnson explains, the disparate philosophers of emergence have worked to interpret the world. But today they are starting to change it. This book is the riveting story of that change and what it means for the future
Interface culture : how new technology transforms the way we create and communicate by Steven Johnson( Book )

21 editions published between 1454 and 2002 in English and Thai and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this hip, erudite manifesto, Steven Johnson--one of the most influential people in cyberspace, according to Newsweek--bridges the gap that yawns between technology and the arts. Drawing on his own expertise in the humanities and on the Web, he not only demonstrates how interfaces--those buttons, graphics and words on the screen through which we control information--influence our daily lives, but also tracks their roots back to Victorian novels, early cinema and even medieval urban planning. The result is a lush cultural and historical tableau in which today's interfaces take their rightful place in the lineage of artistic innovation."--Jacket
Future perfect : the case for progress in a networked age by Steven Johnson( Book )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an optimistic assessment of how a technologically connected world can enable a better if different future, outlining a rising model of political change that breaks traditional categories of thinking and enables positive solutions
How we got to now( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to hear extraordinary stories behind remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about, and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered
Wonderland : how play made the modern world by Steven Johnson( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained. Play has always been more important than most people realize. In this vivid examination of the power of play and delight, Steven Johnson offers a surprising history of popular entertainment. Roving from medieval kitchens and ancient taverns to casinos and shopping malls, he locates the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are working hardest to keep themselves and others amused. Johnson's storytelling is just as entertaining 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, musical instruments, exotic meals, gathering places, video games, and magic shows. These wonderlands of amusement did more than just entertain their patrons, Johnson argues. They also directly contributed to economic and social revolutions that transformed the modern world. Johnson makes the compelling case that anyone who wants to know where technology and social trends are headed next should be paying close attention to the way we play. If you're looking for the future, you'll find it wherever people are having the most fun."--Dust jacket
How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world by Steven Johnson( Recording )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. The history of innovation over centuries tracing facets of modern life from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes; from the French publisher who invented the phonograph before Edison but forgot to include playback, to the Hollywood movie star who helped invent the technology behind Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The ghost map : [the story of London's most terrifying epidemic-- and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world] by Steven Johnson( Recording )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London has an outbreak of cholera in 1854. Two men, Reverend Henry Whitehead and Dr. John Snow, decide to take action
How We Got to Now : Cold( Visual )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only in the last 200 years have humans learned how to make things cold. Johnson explains how ice entrepreneur Frederic Tudor made ice delivery the second biggest export business in the U.S. and visits the place where Clarence Birdseye, the father of the frozen food industry, experienced his eureka moment. He also travels to Dubai to see how mastery of cold has led to penguins in the desert. From IVF to food, politics and Hollywood to human migration, the unsung heroes of cold have led the way
The innovator's cookbook : essentials for inventing what is next( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects essays, interviews, and insights on innovation by such field leaders as Peter Drucker, Richard Florida, and Eric Von Hippel
The Invention of air : a story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America by Steven Johnson( Recording )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eighteenth-century radical thinker Joseph Priestley fluently embodied the oft-considered opposing ideas of politics, religion, and science. In his embodiment of these ideas, he greatly influenced American founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. Here, Steven Johnson deftly portrays the contributions of this great thinker
TEDTalks : Steven Berlin Johnson - Where Good Ideas Come From( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Berlin Johnson believes history tells a different tale. He's the best-selling author of six books, including the aptly titled Where Good Ideas Come From, that explore the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience. In this fascinating TEDTalk, Johnson takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's slowly-developed hunch to today's high-velocity Web
TEDTalks : Steven Berlin Johnson - The Web and the City( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Berlin Johnson is the best-selling author of books on the intersection of science, technology, and personal experience. His book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation examines environments that lead to breakthrough innovations. In this TEDTalk, Johnson says the Web is like a city: built by many people, completely controlled by no one, intricately interconnected, and yet functioning as many independent parts. While disaster strikes in one place, elsewhere, life goes on
How We Got to Now : Light( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Johnson considers how the invention of the mirror gave rise to the Renaissance, how glass lenses allow us to reveal worlds within worlds and how, deep beneath the ocean, glass is essential to communication. He learns about the daring exploits of glassmakers who were forced to work under threat of the death penalty, a physics teacher who liked to fire molten glass from a crossbow and a scientist whose tinkering with a glass lens allowed 600 million people to see a man set foot on the moon. The link between the worlds of art, science, astronomy, disease prevention and global communication starts with the little-known maverick innovators of glass
The best technology writing 2009( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his Introduction to this beautifully curated collection of essays, Steven Johnson heralds the arrival of a new generation of technology writing. Whether it is Nicholas Carr worrying that Google is making us stupid, Dana Goodyear chronicling the rise of the cellphone novel, Andrew Sullivan explaining the rewards of blogging, Dalton Conley lamenting the sprawling nature of work in the information age, or Clay Shirky marveling at the 'cognitive surplus' unleashed by the decline of the TV sitcom, this new generation does not waste time speculating about the future. Its attitude seems to be: Who needs the future? The present is plenty interesting on its own. Packed with sparkling essays culled from print and online publications, The Best Technology Writing 2009 announces a fresh brand of technology journalism, deeply immersed in the fascinating complexity of digital life
 
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The ghost map : the story of London's most terrifying epidemic--and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world
Alternative Names
Johnson, Steve.

Johnson, Steve 1968-

Johnson, Steven Berlin 1968-

Steven Berlin Johnson giornalista e scrittore statunitense

Steven Berlin Johnson journaliste américain

Steven Johnson Amerikaans journalist

Steven Johnson journaliste américain

Steven Johnson US-amerikanischer populärwissenschaftlicher Autor

Стивен Джонсон

استیون جانسون ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

존슨, 스티븐 1968-

ジョンソン, スティーヴン

ジョンソン, スティーブン

スティーブン・ジョンソン (作家)

Languages
English (285)

Spanish (13)

German (10)

Chinese (6)

Japanese (6)

French (3)

Korean (3)

Catalan (2)

Dutch (2)

Thai (1)

Czech (1)

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Everything bad is good for you : how today's popular culture is actually making us smarterWhere good ideas come from : the natural history of innovationMind wide open : your brain and the neuroscience of everyday lifeThe invention of air : a story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of AmericaEmergence : the connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and softwareInterface culture : how new technology transforms the way we create and communicateThe ghost map : [the story of London's most terrifying epidemic-- and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world]The innovator's cookbook : essentials for inventing what is next