On the conditions that are propitious to scientific innovation

This short review note in the New Yorker on Steven Johnson’s book on Joseph Priestly, The invention of air (an excerpt from which I liked and linked to earlier here, in this blog), has this nice sentence, which makes me want to read the book all the more:

Johnson also offers a clear-sighted and intelligent exploration of the conditions that are propitious to scientific innovation, such as the availability of coffee and the unfettered circulation of information through social networks.

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