“You will find the future wherever people are having the most fun,” Johnson 
argues.  He chronicles how, throughout history, world-transforming innovation 
emerges from our endless quest for novelty in seemingly trivial 
entertainments---fashion, music, spices, magic, taverns, zoos, games.  He 
celebrates the observation of historian Johan Huizinga (Homo Ludens), 
“Civilization arises and unfolds in and as play.”

Steven Johnson is the leading historian of creativity.  His books include 
Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World; How We Got To Now; Where Good Ideas 
Come From; and Everything Bad Is Good For You

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