Books by Steven Johnson

STEVEN JOHNSON is the author of the national bestsellers Everything Bad Is Good for You and Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software and Interface Cul

HOW WE GOT TO NOW by Steven Johnson
Released: Oct. 16, 2018

"Altogether, a fine exploration of technologies emerging over the eons and their remarkable interconnectedness. (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Beginning with ideas that emerged thousands of years ago, Johnson tracks a series of innovations that led world culture to where it is now. Read full book review >
FARSIGHTED by Steven Johnson
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Close readers will undoubtedly learn to look carefully before leaping."
The bestselling science writer explores the elements of complex decision-making. Read full book review >
WONDERLAND by Steven Johnson
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's an infectious spirit of delight in the prose, which matches the themes in a book that will engage even those not entirely convinced by its thesis to take a look from a different perspective."
An illumination of how civilization advances through the ways in which it plays. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Of a piece with the work of Tracy Kidder, Henry Petroski and other popular explainers of technology and science—geeky without being overly so and literate throughout."
Best-selling author Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, 2010, etc.) continues his explorations of what he calls the "hummingbird effect," unforeseeable chains of influence that change the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A thought-provoking, hope-inspiring manifesto."
Forceful argument for a new politics modeled on the structure of the Internet. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"With an introduction by Johnson on the critical importance of innovation for America's economic future, this is a welcome tool kit for anyone looking to cook up new ideas."
Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, 2010, etc.) offers an invaluable compendium of the best available thinking on innovation. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"A robust volume that brings new perspective to an old subject."
A modern, interdisciplinary analysis of the social-environmental patterns most suited to idea generation, and how we can use their lessons to foster innovation. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2009

"Another rich, readable examination of the intersections where culture and science meet from a scrupulous historian who never offers easy answers to troubling, perhaps intractable questions."
Arresting account of the career of Joseph Priestley (1733-1804)—scientist, political polemicist, preacher, radical and friend of the American and French revolutions. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Celebrates the brain's complexity and wonder even as it demonstrates that you can get to know your mind better than you ever thought."
An enthusiastic invitation to explore your mind from science writer Johnson (Emergence, 2001, etc.), who takes a lucid trip through the country's brain labs. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"Thought-provoking—and deeply appealing to the inner iconoclast."
A lucid presentation of emergence theory—the way decentralized thinking allows for cannily effective self-organization—from Feed editor-in-chief Johnson (Interface Culture, not reviewed). Read full book review >