** How we Got to Now by Steven Johnson

With a lively, entertaining style, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World takes a few inventions (glass, refrigeration, the reproduction of sound, sanitation, time measurements, and the technologies of light and photography) and describes the inventors and how the new technologies changed the world. It is a short book, so we meet again our friend Birdseye, of frozen food fame, but briefly. Still, there is time to consider how the entire city of Chicago was raised up several feet int he late 19th century to make room for a sewer (thank you Ellis Chesbrough), or how technologies helped to highlight social ills (such as tenements, through photography) or new kinds of music (such as jazz, through the new medium of radio).

An easy and entertaining read.

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