The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley Review

New York Times Bestseller

Travel the world with Eric Weiner, the New York Times bestselling author of The Geography of Bliss, as he journeys from Athens to Silicon Valley—and throughout history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.

In The Geography of Genius, acclaimed travel writer Weiner sets out to examine the connection between our surroundings and our most innovative ideas. 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. And, with his trademark insightful humor, he 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?”

Title:The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
Edition Language:English

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  • David

    Eric Weiner has written a wonderful book about how and why golden ages of genius creativity sprout up at different places and times around the world. He has chosen half a dozen golden ages, where ther...

  • Trike

    I don't try to subvert the Goodreads rating system: 3 stars means "I liked it." And I did like this book.There are a lot of interesting tidbits and factoids about why genius flowers in specific places...

  • Bandit

    Loved Geography of Bliss and was so excited to read Weiner's new geography. This one certainly doesn't disappoint, maybe not genius per se, but definitely pretty awesome. Reading Weiner's books is sor...

  • Negin

    I read Eric Weiner’s “The Geography of Bliss” several years and loved it. In that book, he travels the world searching for places of happiness. “The Geography of Genius” follows the same for...

  • Annette

    Genius – some describe as someone with a high IQ, but that is misleading. “Plenty of people with extremely high IQs have accomplished little, and conversely, plenty of people of “average” inte...

  • Cheryl

    Hugely disappointing. I remember liking Geography of Bliss quite a bit, but this fails.For one thing: his 'excuse' to write this is to learn how to best nurture his own child's potential for genius. O...

  • Katie

    tl;dr version of this review: "I didn't really enjoy it, but it was mostly worthwhile? I guess?"I don't know whether to give this two or three stars. I feel like "it was okay" sums up my experience bu...

  • S.Baqer Al-Meshqab

    There are two things I didn't like about this book: Its Cover, and Its Title. In my opinion, the cover should have been more colorful, or a bit stronger to advertise the idea of "genius" around the wo...

  • Yousif Al Zeera

    The book is written in a novelistic interdisciplinary fashion where the author magically story tells his journey to 7 different places to understand historical and present "genius" eras with various w...

  • John

    As a reader, the trouble with (relatively) high expectations comes into play when a book proves a decent, worthwhile read, but there are times "I still have that much to go!" kicks in. Such was the ca...