In this “intellectual odyssey, traveler’s diary, and comic novel all rolled into one” (Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness), acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. A “superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, and self-deprecating” (The Washington Post), 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. With his trademark insightful humor, this “big-hearted humanist” (The Wall Street Journal) 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?”
“Fun and thought provoking” (Miami Herald), The Geography of Genius reevaluates the importance of culture in nurturing creativity and “offers a practical map for how we can all become a bit more inventive” (Adam Grant, author of Originals).
Masih dengan gayanya yang nakal, cerdas, dan humoris, Weiner menapaktilasi jalanan yang pernah dilalui Socrates, Michaelangelo, dan Leonardo da Vinci. Ia juga merenungkan sejarah teori Darwin, pemikiran Freud, dan berjalan-jalan di hutan seperti yang dilakukan Beethoven zaman dulu.
The Geography of Genius meredefinisi argumen tentang bagaimana seorang genius muncul. Weiner mengevaluasi ulang tentang bagaimana pentingnya budaya dalam memantik dan memelihara kreativitas.
“Weiner itu seorang filsuf, pemandu perjalanan, dan motivator, tentu saja dia juga kocak!"
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Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy?
In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.