Genome mapping, cloud computing, regenerative medicine, electric cars…these innovations didn’t happen in a vacuum—they were created on the foundation of ideas, experiments, observations, and constructions that preceded them, by pioneers past and present, heralded and unknown.
The Big Idea: How Breakthroughs of the Past Shape the Future looks back at great leaps forward and
previews 24 groundbreaking big ideas that are shaping the future in science, communications, medicine,
biology, transportation, technology, and more.
From algebra and the abacus to green chemistry and quantum gravity, this extraordinary book transports
readers through the trajectory of discovery and offers a unique perspective on the creative process and the
progress of civilization.
Foreword by Timothy Ferris, named “the best science writer of his generation” by The Washington Post.
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