How to Fly A Horse

How to Fly A Horse

The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity's greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer's laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to "fly a horse," Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs.

Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how "new" comes to be.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ?2015
ISBN: 9780385538596
Branch Call Number: 609 ASH
Characteristics: xviii, 314 pages


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spl_merley Jan 19, 2017

I really enjoyed Ashton's storytelling in this exploration of creativity and invention; encountering many wonderful examples of people who made discoveries through persistence and hard work. This is as much a philosophical look at creativity as it is about the practices and principles that will help individuals and organizations to embrace and foster creativity. Creating is a part of what makes us human and I developed a deeper appreciation and respect for creative work from reading this book.

Jul 05, 2015

Very engaging book on creativity and innovation. Stories show how this process is messy, hard work, and built in to each of us.

Mar 23, 2015

Ashton makes his findings sound as though no one else has come to the same conclusions as he. No great news as far as I'm concerned.

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