How to Fly A Horse

How to Fly A Horse

The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery

Book - 2015
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"To create is human. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton has experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now Ashton demystifies the sacred act, leading 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 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 acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs. Drawing on examples from Mozart to the Muppets, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is essential reading for would-be creators and innovators, and also a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how "new" comes to be"--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Rondom House LLC, 2015.
Edition: First Anchor books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804170062
0804170061
Branch Call Number: 609 Ash
Characteristics: xviii, 314 pages ; 21 cm

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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.

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markgre
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.

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lyallfalk
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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