Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention

Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention John Seabrook
  • Title: Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention
  • Author: John Seabrook
  • ISBN: 9780312535728
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flash of Genius: And Other True Stories of Invention John Seabrook Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook staff writer for The New Yorker is a collection of true stories about where great ideas come from and is the basis for the Major
    Flash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker, is a collection of true stories about where great ideas come from, and is the basis for the Major Motion Picture starring Greg Kinnear releasing October 2008 John Seabrook is one of America s finest non fiction writers .Fascinating, entertaining, beautifully wriFlash of Genius And Other True Stories of Invention by John Seabrook, staff writer for The New Yorker, is a collection of true stories about where great ideas come from, and is the basis for the Major Motion Picture starring Greg Kinnear releasing October 2008 John Seabrook is one of America s finest non fiction writers .Fascinating, entertaining, beautifully written and often poignant Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food NationWhere Do Great Ideas Come From In Flash of Genius, John Seabrook explores the moment when inspiration strikes in an otherwise average life, and what happens when that idea moves out into the larger culture and takes on a life and commercial possibilities of its own The title piece in this collection is the David v Goliath story of Bob Kearns, a professor and inventor who came up with something we all use every chance we get the intermittent windshield wiper When Kearns patents were infringed, he fought General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler, and eventually prevailed in a classic American story of never giving up, never backing down Seabrook has been fascinated by stories of invention and entrepreneurship since childhood, when he grew up with an uncle who invented something as ubiquitous as Bob Kearns wipers boil in bag vegetables In Flash of Genius, Seabrook also writes about his family s invention and about thirteen other iconoclastic visions that turned into the stuff of every day.
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    About John Seabrook


    1. John Seabrook has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 The author of several books including Nobrow, he has taught narrative nonfiction writing at Princeton University He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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    1. This title story of this book tells of Bob Kearns, tinkering inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper, whose patented invention was stolen by Ford and other big automakers The story was originally a 1993 New Yorker article, but was republished in this book as a tie in to the 2008 Greg Kinnear movie of the same name That s just one story in this fascinating collection, though, which covers topics ranging from Nevada gold mining to the Antikythera Mechanism The book is quite good not earthsha [...]

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    2. This book was the basis for the movie Flash of Genius, starring Greg Kinnear The characters were portrayed realistically, the story was not only engaging, but it showed what a cutthroat industry industrial espionage has been, and how big corporations may have acted without ethics or heart for a very long time Despite the US patent office claiming there have been few truly new concept inventions besides those in the computer industry accounting for over 60% of the inventions in this century , it [...]

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    3. A well written set of articles that one would expect from someone who writes for The New Yorker, but the general themes of invention and innovation were very loosely related to the majority of essays They were nonetheless entertaining for the most part though in some cases slightly outdated Either way, the book was enjoyable but in a very different way than I had expected it to be when I first picked it up.

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    4. The best of the essays are really insightful, almost like a 40 page TED talk, my favorite ones were the one about the windshield wiper and video games, but some of the essays only tangentially relate to innovation Because most of them were written 10 years ago, a lot of them feel incomplete since so much has happened since then.

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    5. Collections like these are difficult since some of the essays can be great and others weak But here I found that two thirds of them were very good However, I didn t realize that Seabrook has had most if not all of these essays in the New Yorker They re good, but New Yorker readers will find this book too familiar.

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    6. It was a decent book with a nice collection of well written stories The theme, invention, was very strong in a few of the stories, but not all For instance, I loved the story about the fruit detective because I love learning about gourmet foods However, left it a little unsatisfactory because it didn t really address innovation and I wanted to learn .

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    7. A very spotty collection of essays I couldn t really find much of a thread besides the author blithely letting on Hey, I get to write for The New Yorker and here s some fascinating, loosely innovative determined imaginative people I ve researched The first and main piece was way too long and meandering and totally uninspiring, dude Sniff.

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    8. You ve never met anybody like the Fruit Detective.

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    9. Excellent stories and resources for anyone interested in inventions and innovations.

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