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Long Now, short notice... Steven Johnson at Nesta on Monday

From: Paul M.
Sent on: Friday, October 30, 2009 11:40 AM
Hello all,

Sorry for the long radio silence. Just thought you might like to know that friend of Long Now and generally great guy Steven Johnson (http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com) is over from the US next week talking about his new book The Invention of Air.

Here's the blurb:

"In 1794, Joseph Priestley ? amateur scientist, ordained minister and radical thinker ? set sail for America to escape persecution. Stephen Johnson tells his incredible story: the discovery of oxygen, the invention of a science, the founding of a church, and, with the great minds of his time, the development of the United States itself. But Priestley?s revolutionary ideas put him in terrible danger. Johnson uses the progress of Priestley and his colleagues not merely to describe the wonder of discovery, but to show us how we have come to understand the world, how far we have travelled with the power of human enquiry ? and how one man?s curiosity can help build an entire country."

In case you didn't manage to get tickets for the event with Steven and Brian Eno at the ICA (it's sold out now), Nesta have arranged a free event on Monday afternoon [masked]pm) with Steven. You can book a ticket here:

http://stevenjohnson.eventbrite.com/

Hope to see you there!

All best wishes,
Paul


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