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Reads tagged with “innovation”

Meet Marty Cooper, Inventor of the Cell Phone
Meet Marty Cooper, Inventor of the Cell Phone

“If you try to build a device that does all things for all people, it won’t do any of them very well.”

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Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity
Alexander Graham Bell on Success, Innovation, and Creativity

“It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider … who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.”

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The Age of Edison: Radical Invention and the Illuminated World
The Age of Edison: Radical Invention and the Illuminated World

A brief history of giving the people what they wanted, or why the lightbulb was a mere cog in the machinery of total illumination.

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100 Ideas That Changed Art
100 Ideas That Changed Art

From cave paintings to the internet, or how art and cultural ideology shape one another.

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Timeless Lessons in Ingenuity and Entrepreneurship from the Story of Polaroid
Timeless Lessons in Ingenuity and Entrepreneurship from the Story of Polaroid

The Apple of yore’s eye, or what modern entrepreneurs can learn from Edwin Land.

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Behind the Bomb
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Behind the Bomb

From janitor to chemist, the women of Oak Ridge worked hard and talked little.

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The History of Photography, Animated
The History of Photography, Animated

From ancient witchcraft to the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why Victorians always looked stern.

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Thomas Edison, Power-Napper: The Great Inventor on Sleep and Success
Thomas Edison, Power-Napper: The Great Inventor on Sleep and Success

“Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and physical application.”

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As We May Think: Vannevar Bush’s Prescient 1945 Vision for the Information Age, the Power of “Curation,” and the Need for Open-Access Science
As We May Think: Vannevar Bush’s Prescient 1945 Vision for the Information Age, the Power of “Curation,” and the Need for Open-Access Science

“There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.”

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How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED
How Remix Culture Fuels Creativity & Invention: Kirby Ferguson at TED

From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, or how copyright law came to hinder the very thing it set out to protect.

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