How We Dream up Things That Change the World

Book - 2016
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A father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and has an idea. A doctor figures out how to deliver patients to the operating room before they die. By studying inventions like these--the sippy cup, the cell phone, and an ingenious hospital bed--we can learn how people imagine their way around "impossible" problems to discover groundbreaking answers. Pagan Kennedy reports on how these enduring methods can be adapted to the twenty-first century, as millions of us deploy tools like crowdfunding, big data, and 3D printing to find hidden opportunities. Inventology uses the stories of inventors and surprising research to reveal the steps that produce innovation. As Kennedy argues, recent advances in technology and communication have placed us at the cusp of a golden age; it's now more possible than ever before to transform ideas into actuality.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2016
ISBN: 9780544324008
Branch Call Number: 609 KEN
Characteristics: xvii, 270 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm


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Aug 30, 2016

Expected it to be an interesting read but found to be quite boring. Author is telling stories already told elsewhere with the focus on inventing the product. If you're interested in reading about setting up a business and have an entrepreneurial vibe give this book a miss.

Jun 29, 2016

Very interesting book. Picked it up thinking it would be an interesting history lesson. It is some of that... but it's more an exploration on how inventors think, and how to steer your own mind in that direction. Not exactly how my brain works, but the writing quality was enough to keep me reading. Recommended it to several techies and tinkerers in my life.

Feb 03, 2016

For any thinker, dreamer, inventor, DIYer, tinkerer and experimenter, this is the book for you! A great book by Pagan Kennedy [what a name, love it!], extremely well written and exhaustive in plumbing the depths. Highly recommended!

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