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Wonderland

How Play Made the Modern World

By Steven Johnson
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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Wonderland (2016) argues that the role of play and fun in human history is undervalued. We have been told by history books that wars, revolutions and monarchs are the drivers of history, and we thus tend to overlook more mundane factors in favor of powerful figures and famous movements. However, the pleasure we derive from bone flutes, board games, the color purple or alcohol have likewise contributed greatly to invention and progress.

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Steven Johnson is the best-selling author of ten nonfiction books. These include How We Got to Now, Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

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