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Loved doing this interview with the great radio show @sparkcbc, mostly focused on history of sound, appropriately:…
Spark fave @stevenbjohnson on innovation & the modern world. Plus your chance to win a copy of his new book:
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An absolute rave for my old friend @ChrisKenneally’s “Invisible History of the Human Race” on front of Book Review:…
What Victorian computing pioneers can teach us about invention–and time traveling. #adalovelaceday…
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Just saw the 1st ep of "How We Got to Now" w/@stevenbjohnson. "Wows" per hour should be a new rating system. This show would score well.
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Today is the 35th anniversary of the spreadsheet!… Thanks to @DanB for being a continuing inspiration & a role model.
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“The network also mentioned that they wanted the animations to look like the inside of Steven Johnson’s brain” Yikes!…
SF peeps: come tnight to book event for Of All The Gin Joints. We'll have racy Hollywood stories and whiskey tasting!
New Yorkers: Come celebrate @LeonardShlain's posthumous book on #DaVinci at @strandbookstore in NYC Monday. Rsvp:
After a deluge of self-promoting tweets, I am now going to promote a few books written by *other* people for a change.
Thanks to @CreativeReview for featuring 'How We Got To Now' on the blog today. Interview and article this way:…
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Atomic time is one of those quiet revolutions that almost no one notices at the time that turn out to be transformative. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Alexis McCrossen's book, Marking Modern Times, is a great read if you're interested in this topic. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
I'm biased but @stevenbjohnson has done the best #humblebrag tweet stream ever tonight. Congratulations on #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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#HowWeGotToNowPBS opened up some fascinating stories. For more on big ideas & how they're changing the world, go to:
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Love how this industrial revolution animated sequence is half Monty Python and half Pink Floyd The Wall. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
We shot this sequence with the map below deck on pretty rough water and we were all crazy seasick doing it. #landlubber #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Love those shots in the Pisa cathedral. What a beautiful structure. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Okay, west coast, I'm going to tweet alongside the "Time" episode of #HowWeGotToNowPBS. Who's watching?
Thanks all for kind words about #HowWeGotToNowPBS. Definitely check out the @riverheadbooks book and for more!
Thanks to all who joined in the conversation tonight! Especially @stevenbjohnson for your insights into the making of #HowWeGotToNowPBS!
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Massive congrats to @Nutopia_tv @PBS @OPB @riverheadbooks for an enchanting series & bestselling book by @stevenbjohnson!
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The earth's rotation is slowing down. During the days of T Rex, a day was only 23 hrs long. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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The Heathrow airport simulator was almost as stressful as going down into the sewers #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Planes are converging at Heathrow airport from 180 different destinations. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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So basically we have accurate time keeping to blame for many of the worst modern working practices. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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Big theme of #HowWeGotToNowPBS book: whenever we exponentially increase our ability to *measure* something (like time), big changes happen.
Thanks @stevenbjohnson for creating the enthralling #HowWeGottoNowPBS with its chained stories of slow hunches and innovation @bruce_katz
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TIME! I love this episode & chapter in #HowWeGotToNowPBS @riverheadbooks. Standardized time had to be invented. @stevenbjohnson
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It's school night but u make science fun...@stevenbjohnson & we have allowed our 10 yr to stay awake @HowWeGotToNow #HowWeGotToNowPBS !!
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One of my favorite bits about the series is when we do those geographic jumps: submarine --> Tuscany! #HowWeGotToNowPBS
We made up that whole bit in the bunks of the submarine once we got down below decks. So much fun. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Thanks to the @knightfdn and @gatesfoundation for supporting the creation of @HowWeGetToNext. Great resource for new stories on innovation.
I wrote about the themes of this show (and the lifting of Chicago) in the intro to our web site @HowWeGetToNext…
John Leal - my new hero! I love playing in water! Crazy to think of the domino effect of chlorination! #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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The Texas Instruments plant actually uses ultra-clean water (water so clean you can't drink it!) to manufacture the chips #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Much more material on weird history of bathing (and how most people thought it was dangerous!) in the book version of #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Checkout @HowWeGotToNow on your @PBS station tonight. Here's my chat with author @stevenbjohnson about it
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Great book on Leal called The Chlorine Revolution by @CaptDocMike; big influence on this section of the show. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
I can row and act at the same time! #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Ew! "…it's not in my contract, I'm not allowed to interact with hair balls!" - @stevenbjohnson #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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Shot the sequence on the water slide with a gopro on the back of another rider's head. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
You can visit the John Snow pub (and a replica of the pump) in Soho today when you're on your next cholera tour of London #HowWeGotToNowPBS
Reminder: we're also live GIF-ing #HowWeGotToNowPBS on our page right now:
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Cholera still kills almost 100 thousand people worldwide every year. #HowWeGotToNowPBS
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For those interested in the story of cholera and London, I wrote an entire book about it a decade ago: The Ghost Map #HowWeGotToNowPBS