* Powers of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs is build around the excellent idea that creativity often results from collaboration and synergy, rather than from a lone genius. Fair enough, and indeed the author gives many examples of scientists, musicians, and other creatives who did their best work as part of a team. Alas, examples, even abundant ones, do not a theory make, and further, some of the examples (the ones he calls “asymmetrical”) sound more like one “partner” using the other  for his or her benefit, so not what I would call a partnership at all. Sadly, I felt that the book did not rise above a collection of anecdotes.


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