Eureka (10 books)
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Where do good ideas come from and how can I get some?
59 Seconds

59 seconds (2010) lays out some handy tips and insights backed by scientific research. Apply them today, and experience the change you want in your life.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“I love these blinks because of their surprising, and surprisingly easy to use, tips. The email technique to catch liars is one of my favorite little hacks ever.”

– Ben S, Audio Lead at Blinkist

Richard Wiseman

Inventology (2016) shows us how the world’s brightest minds identify problems and come up with brilliant solutions. Find out how you need to think in order to discern future trends and create the next great invention!

Pagan Kennedy
Who Built That

Who Built That (2015) tells the stories of America’s most fascinating inventors from the last 150 years. These blinks reveal how these tinkerpreneurs, against all the odds, achieved commercial success with their revolutionary inventions.

Michelle Malkin
The Eureka Factor

The Eureka Factor (2015) looks at the remarkable phenomena of insights and creativity, and how the two are intertwined. By laying out the latest scientific research, it sheds light on how insights work, including what supports and hinders them. In addition, it provides powerful advice on how everyone can train themselves to have more eureka moments.

John Kounios & Mark Beeman
How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now reveals many of the hidden connections between innovations we take for granted in our modern world. It shows how innovations can have unexpected applications, and that the consequences of an innovation are almost impossible to predict. Ultimately, it illustrates how interconnected we are, as a single invention can have enormous repercussions worldwide.

Steven Johnson
The Myths of Creativity

The Myths of Creativity debunks our common misconceptions of how creativity works. It provides practical insight and valuable advice on how to generate new ideas and let them flourish, and it gives real-world examples from history and recent well-known creatives.

David Burkus
The Geography of Genius

The Geography of Genius (2016) takes you on a journey around the world to places that have been at the epicenter of golden ages of creativity. You’ll discover what made these places so rich in human genius.

Eric Weiner
Powers of Two

Despite the myth of the “lone genius,” behind every creative type there is often a creative partner. Powers of Two explores the idea of the creative pair, examining the relationship of creativity and the brain, while drawing heavily on examples of celebrated creative duos such as The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, and South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Joshua Wolf Shenk

Creativity (1996) is an exploration of how creative people produce groundbreaking ideas. It unpacks the commonalities between creatives and their backgrounds, and explains exactly what it is that makes a creative person able to give birth to unique concepts.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Where Good Ideas Come From

Where Good Ideas Come From examines the evolution of life on Earth and the history of science. This New York Times bestseller highlights many parallels between the two, ranging from carbon atoms forming the very first building blocks of life to cities and the World Wide Web fostering great innovations and discoveries.

In addition to presenting this extensive analysis, replete with anecdotes and scientific evidence, Johnson also considers how individual and organizational creativity can be cultivated.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

“I love these blinks because they combine so many different layers of abstraction, from carbon atoms combining to form molecules to entire cities buzzing with creative collisions.”

– Ben H, Head of Editorial at Blinkist

Steven Johnson
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