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More About The Geography of Genius by Eric WeinerOverviewAn intellectual odyssey, a traveler s diary, and a comic novel all rolled into one. Smart, original, and utterly delightful. Daniel Gilbert, Harvard professor and bestselling author of "Stumbling on Happiness"
A charming mix of history and wisdom cloaked as a rollicking travelogue. Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of "Steve Jobs"
Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Geography of" "Bliss," as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley and throughout history, too to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.
In "The Geography of Genius, "acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, What was in the air, and can we bottle it?
This link can be traced back through history: Darwin s theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favorite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods.
Sharp and provocative, "The Geography of Genius" redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His reevaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history that will surely jumpstart a national conversation."
- ISBN-13: 9781451691658
- ISBN-10: 1451691653
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publish Date: January 2016
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-23
- Reviewer: Staff
In an ambitious attempt to determine the genesis of genius and the conception of creativity, former NPR correspondent Weiner (The Geography of Bliss) travels to historys great hot spots of innovation. As he walks the hallowed streets of Athens, Calcutta, Edinburgh, Hangzhou, Silicon Valley, and other storied locales, he investigates the elements and factors that came together to turn these places into centers of cultural and technological advancement. Weiner speaks with resident experts and recounts the stories of thinkers and doers alike to chart the progress of ideas over the centuries. Do these genius clusters come in one flavor or many, he asks, and did the genius of the place evaporate completely, or do trace elements remain? But in Weiners quest to understand what makes genius and what causes certain places at certain times to hit a creative critical mass, he seems to end up with more questions than answers, accepting that there is no one true, predictable way to determine how and where genius will strike. He tackles this thought-provoking topic intelligently and doggedly, but occasionally loses focus and direction. Weiners work is definitely more about the journey than the destination. Agent: Sloan Harris, ICM. (Jan.)