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Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

作者 : Eric Weiner

出版社 : SIMON & SCHUSTER INC.

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定價 : NT 630

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紐約時報暢銷書《尋找快樂之國》作者艾瑞克.魏納再度出發探索世界,尋找啟發創造力的國度

紐約時報暢銷書《尋找快樂之國》作者艾瑞克.魏納,這次要踏上最新旅程,從雅典到矽谷,探尋歷史古今中外最具創意的天才,如何在特定的地點及時間發揚無限創造力。最受歡迎的旅遊作家艾瑞克.魏納將找出環境對創意的影響力量,探訪歷史知名景點,從1900年的維也納、文藝復興時期的佛羅倫斯、古代雅典、宋代時期的杭州及現在的矽谷,詳細說明某些都市如何有助於創造力的形成。他以一貫的幽默及洞悉力,跟隨這些創意無限的天才腳步,走過如蘇格拉底、米開朗基羅、達文西相同的道路,一尋其中有何魔力可激發靈感。本書對天才與創新是如何產出,提出銳利且發人省思的觀點,重新檢視文化的重要性及環境變化是如何影響創意,帶領讀者一同走入一場文化歷史之旅。

艾瑞克.魏納(Eric Weiner),紐約時報最佳暢銷書《尋找快樂之國》(The Geography of Bliss)作者,廣受好評的作品還有《Man Seeks God》。魏納曾擔任《紐約時報》及美國全國公共廣播電台(NPR)海外特派員,他的評論經常在《新共和》雜誌(New Republic)、《Slates》、《洛杉磯時報》(Los Angeles Times)、《華盛頓郵報》(The Washington Post)、《外交政策》雜誌(Foreign Policy)出現。

Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley-and throughout history, too-to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. He explores the history of places, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, ancient Athens, Song Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to show how certain urban settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, with his trademark insightful humour, he walks the same paths as the geniuses who flourished in these settings to see if the spirit of what inspired figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo remains. In these places, Weiner asks, "What was in the air, and can we bottle it?" This link can be traced back through history: Darwin's theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage. Freud did his best thinking at this favourite coffee house. Beethoven, like many geniuses, preferred long walks in the woods. Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument about how genius came to be. His evaluation of the importance of culture in nurturing creativity is an informed romp through history.
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