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The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner • innovation management • Bell Labs

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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation - book cover - innovation management

technology ● leadership ● true story

Recommendation 4 / 5

The idea factory explores the history of Bell Labs from the 1920’ to the 1980’. Jon Gartner, the author of the book, answers one, the most important question of our era – what causes innovation? The book is an insightful and appealing record of the years of discovery at the Labs and core milestones in the history of technology that was achieved. Throughout those years of innovation, more than a dozen Bell Labs’ employees won seven Noble prizes. Jon Gartner takes us through the journey and shows how collective effort and collective thinking was accomplished. To have a full scale…

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe • popular science • how things work

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Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - book cover - how things work

technology ● history ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

If you struggled to understand each and every element on the Periodic Table or if you tried and failed to explain how a computer works to your Grandma than grab this book. Thing Explainer is a kind of encyclopedia, full of hand-made pictures, arrows, and descriptions. I really liked the layout and a bit childish style of everything in the book.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that many pictures are gigantic and cover both pages, the book is inconvenient to read on a Kindle or other handy…