How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Mixed Media Series
About this Series

Using Steven Johnson’s bestselling book and the accompanying PBS documentary, this series explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences.

Six suggested sessions, pairing the book section with the appropriate PBS series episode:

  • “Clean”
  • “Time”
  • “Glass”
  • “Light”
  • “Cold”
  • “Sound”
Accommodates 30
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by by Steven JohnsonHow We Got to Now with Steven Johnson by PBS documentary (360 minutes)