Throughout the book, the author delivers fascinating histories of technology that we take for granted. Many hands contributed to the developments of the steam engine, automobile, and computer. Ridley makes a convincing case that obsessive trial and error works better than inspiration and illustrates with insightful accounts of Edison, the Wright brothers, and Marconi. Some breakthroughs are inexplicable. People hauled luggage for a century, but the wheeled suitcase only appeared in the 1970s.
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YouTube, LinkedIn, reddit AMA
On February 19th at 6pm (1pm ET in North America) I will officially be doing a “reddit AMA”. We get a lot of questions on social media, and for the first time, the public will have the opportunity to “ask me anything”!
Thank you for your support as I have become more active on social media. I look forward to answering your questions next week!