Children play at the opening of artist Carsten Holler's installation 'Gartenkinder.'

Children play at the opening of artist Carsten Holler's installation 'Gartenkinder.'

Steven Johnson’s latest book Wonderland charts the human impulse to play. In particular, how play has shaped our world and led to our greatest discoveries. Johnson, a historian, argues that play — our pursuit of surprise, pleasure, pure and simple joy — is the primordial soup from which the most amazing advances and innovations rise.

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  • Steven Johnson Steven Johnson is an historian, author and broadcaster. He specializes in where good ideas come from, and why the best ideas are largely dependent on what he calls the 'adjacent possibles'.

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