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Review: The Myths of Innovation

While traveling for Thanksgiving I read Scott Berkun's The Myths of Innovation. I originally became aware of the book from attending his session at this past OSCON. His OSCON session consisted of what would be the first two or three chapters of the book. I really enjoyed that and had been meaning to pick up the book since. I finally did about 2 weeks ago and dove in.

The book centers around the common (mis)perception of innovation, invention, and creativity. The beginning of the book talks epiphany and history. The classic moments of invention are brought down to us as stories with some single moment as the source of innovation. Newton with the apple is the classic example. Sadly history and innovation isn't nearly that clear. Berkun's first task is to open our eyes to the complex history of innovation and the fact much work comes ...

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