How We Dream up Things That Change the World

Book - 2016
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A businessman struggles with his luggage at an airport and pioneers the wheeled suitcase. An engineer watches people using walkie-talkies and dreams up the mobile phone. A printer is frustrated by his unpredictable inks and creates the Pantone colour system. Why were these particular people able to identify a problem, and how did they discover the solutions that everyone else missed? Where exactly did their great ideas come from, and how did they go about making them a reality? In pursuit of answers, Pagan Kennedy has spent her career examining the creative process, interviewing inventors and engineers, scientists, psychologists and economists in a bid to understand how we create. In Inventology Kennedy collects their wisdom and explores a series of landmark inventions, taking us through the processes by which we have come to dream up new products and technologies, and conceived solutions to 'impossible' problems.
Publisher: London : 2016. Bantam Press,
ISBN: 9780593073476
Branch Call Number: ANF 609 KENN
Characteristics: xvii, 270 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 30, 2016

Expected it to be an interesting read but found to be quite boring. Author is telling stories already told elsewhere with the focus on inventing the product. If you're interested in reading about setting up a business and have an entrepreneurial vibe give this book a miss.

Jun 29, 2016

Very interesting book. Picked it up thinking it would be an interesting history lesson. It is some of that... but it's more an exploration on how inventors think, and how to steer your own mind in that direction. Not exactly how my brain works, but the writing quality was enough to keep me reading. Recommended it to several techies and tinkerers in my life.

Feb 03, 2016

For any thinker, dreamer, inventor, DIYer, tinkerer and experimenter, this is the book for you! A great book by Pagan Kennedy [what a name, love it!], extremely well written and exhaustive in plumbing the depths. Highly recommended!

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