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Ingenious : how Canadian innovators made the world smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier, and happier

Author: David Johnston; Tom Jenkins
Publisher: [Toronto] : Signal, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces--insight, necessity, and simple luck. Ingenious moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences, and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. Above all, the book explores what goes on in the mind of an innovator, and maps the incredible  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Johnston, David, 1941-, author.
Ingenious.:
Toronto : Signal, 2017.
(CaOONL)20169045102
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Johnston; Tom Jenkins
ISBN: 9780771050916 0771050917
OCLC Number: 952801370
Notes: Includes images from the Library and Archives Canada collection.
"Hardcover edition published 2017"--Title page verso.
Includes index.
Title on title page appears with an exclamation mark in place of the second "i".
Description: xiii, 232 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ; 27 cm.
Other Titles: Ingen!ous
Responsibility: David Johnston, Tom Jenkins.

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"Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces--insight, necessity, and simple luck. Ingenious moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences, and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. Above all, the book explores what goes on in the mind of an innovator, and maps the incredible spectrum of personalities that have struggled to improve the lot of their neighbours, their fellow citizens, and their species. From the marvels of aboriginal invention such as the canoe, snowshoe, igloo, dogsled, lifejacket, and bunk bed to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, philanthropy, science, engineering, community development, business, the arts, and the media, Canadians have improvised and collaborated their way to international admiration. Ingenious tells you why they did it and how they made the world a better place."--

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