Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of 13 books about the history of science, technology and innovation including, most recently, "Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer," which was also a PBS/BBC television series.

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Author Steven Johnson is a leading light of today's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to innovation. His writings have influenced everything from cutting-edge ideas in urban planning to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. He is the host of the podcast American Innovations and the host and cocreator of the Emmy-winning TV series, How We Got To Now. Johnson is a regular contributor to WIRED magazine, the New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and many other periodicals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.

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4 critical mistakes that inventors make

November 5, 2014

The history of innovation isn’t a straight line, but a squiggly, winding path. In How We Got To Now, my new book and PBS documentary series, I highlight some of the creative mistakes that helped shape our world.

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