Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative by Eric J. Weiner

By Eric J. Weiner

"An highbrow odyssey, a traveler's diary, and a comic book novel all rolled into one. shrewdpermanent, unique, and totally delightful." —Daniel Gilbert, Harvard professor and bestselling writer of Stumbling on Happiness

"A fascinating mixture of historical past and knowledge cloaked as a rollicking travelogue." —Walter Isaacson, bestselling writer of Steve Jobs

Travel the area with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling writer of The Geography of Bliss, as he trips from Athens to Silicon Valley—and all through historical past, too—to express how inventive genius thrives in particular areas at particular times.
In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed commute author Weiner units out to ascertain the relationship among our environment and our so much leading edge principles. He explores the heritage of locations, like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, historical Athens, track Dynasty Hangzhou, and Silicon Valley, to teach how definite city settings are conducive to ingenuity. And, together with his trademark insightful humor, he walks an identical paths because the geniuses who flourished in those settings to determine if the spirit of what encouraged figures like Socrates, Michelangelo, and Leonardo continues to be. In those locations, Weiner asks, "What was once within the air, and will we bottle it?"

This hyperlink will be traced again via background: Darwin's conception of evolution gelled whereas he was once driving in a carriage. Freud did his most sensible pondering at this favourite espresso condominium. Beethoven, like many geniuses, most well liked lengthy walks within the woods.

Sharp and provocative, The Geography of Genius redefines the argument approximately how genius got here to be. His reevaluation of the significance of tradition in nurturing creativity is an educated romp via background that may definitely jumpstart a countrywide dialog.

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I might say that this scholastic old wag spoke nothing but Chinese, and I, as the reader knows, spoke no Chinese, so that the amount of general knowledge derived one from the other was therefore limited. But he would not go, despite the frequent deprecations of T'ong and my coolies, and my vehement rhetoric in explanation that his presence was distasteful to me, and at the end of the episode I found it imperative for my own safety, and perhaps his, to clear out. ***** The Canadians I found in their Chinese-built premises, comfortable albeit.

The Chinese knows that his country, the natural resources of the country and the people, will allow him to do things on a scale which will by and by completely overbalance the doings of countries less favored by Nature than his own. He knows that when properly developed his country will be one of the richest in the world, yet even when he is filled with such ideas he is just as cunctative as he has ever been. He has the idea that he should not commence to exhaust the wealth of his country before it is absolutely necessary.

Grandeur and solitude. Wisdom of traveling alone. Coolie nearly cuts his toe off. _Street scene at Puérh-tu_. _The "dying" CHAPTER VII. 36 coolie_. A manacled prisoner. Entertained by mandarins. How plans do not work out. He who would make most abundant excuses for the Chinese could not say that he is simple in his speech. That speech is the chief revelation of the mind, the first visible form that it takes, is undoubtedly true: as the thought, so the speech. All social relations with us have their roots in mutual trust, and this trust is maintained by each man's sincerity of thought and speech.

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