The New York Times-bestselling author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World (and host of the PBS show by the same name) returns to explore how we made world-changing innovations while keeping ourselves entertained. If you want to know what the future of technology and social trends hold, look for wherever people are having the most fun!
Play has always been more important than people realize. Steven Johnson recognized this and roving from medieval kitchens and ancient taverns to casinos and shopping malls, he finds the cutting edge of innovation wherever people are working their hardest to stay entertained.
With entertaining storytelling, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure who change the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, musical instruments, exotic meals, gathering places, video games and magic shows. These wonderlands of amusement directly contribute to the economic and social revolutions that shape our modern world.
For a feel for Steven Johnson’s topic, try his podcast: