How we got to now : six innovations that made the modern world
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Keenan, Sheila, adapter.
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New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
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Ages 10+
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Central Library - Children's Nonfiction - Children
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Book
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[Young Readers edition].
Physical Desc
152 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Language
English
Accelerated Reader
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Level 8.7, 5 Points

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Includes bibliographical references (pages145-148) and index.
Description
"Did you drink a glass of water today? Did you turn on a light? Did you think about how miraculous either one of those things is when you did it? Of course not--but you should, and New York Times bestselling author Steven Johnson has. This adaptation of his adult book and popular PBS series explores the fascinating and interconnected stories of innovations--like clean drinking water and electricity--that changed the way people live. Innovation starts with a problem whose solution sets in motion all kinds of unexpected discoveries. That's why you can draw a line from pendulums to punching the clock at a factory, from ice blocks to summer movie blockbusters, from clean water to computer chips. In the lively storytelling style that has made him a popular, bestselling author, Steven Johnson looks at how accidental genius, brilliant mistakes, and unintended consequences shape the way we live in the modern world. Johnson's "long zoom" approach connects history, geography, politics, and scientific advances with the deep curiousity of inventors or quirky interests of tinkerers to show how innovation truly comes about. His fascinating account is organized into six topics: glass, cold, sound, clean, time, light. Johnson's fresh exploration of these simple, single-syllable word concepts creates an endlessly absorbing story that moves from lightning strikes in the prehistoric desert to the herculean effort to literally raise up the city of Chicago to laser labs straight out of a sci-fi movie. In other words, it's the story of how we got to now!"-- provided by publisher.
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Ages 10+
Target Audience
Grades 4 to 6.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Johnson, S., & Keenan, S. (2018). How we got to now: six innovations that made the modern world ([Young Readers edition].). Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Johnson, Steven, 1968- and Sheila, Keenan. 2018. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World. New York: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Johnson, Steven, 1968- and Sheila, Keenan. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World New York: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Johnson, Steven, and Sheila Keenan. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World [Young Readers edition]., Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.

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