Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance

Title:Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250085092
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Ian Goldin and co-author Chris Kutarna define the present day as a  New Renaissance - a rare moment of flourishing genius and risk that promises to reshape all our lives.

Da Vinci, Columbus, Copernicus, Luther, Gutenberg. These names recall an era in which an unprecedented rush of discovery and disruption broke through long-standing barriers and broke down equally long-standing powers. This rush entangled the whole world politically, economically and intellectually, and reshaped society. Now, the same forces that converged 500 years ago to spark genius and upend social order -great leaps in science, trade, migration, technology, education and health - are once again present, only stronger and more widespread.

In Age of Discovery, Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna show how we can draw courage and wisdom from the last Renaissance in order to fashion our own golden age out of this New Renaissance. Whether we’re seized by Gutenberg or Zuckerberg; the discovery of the Americas or the rise of China; copperplate or silicon etching; the Bonfire of the Vanities or the rise of ISIS; the spread of syphilis or the Ebola pandemic - a Renaissance moment, then and now, forces humanity to give its best just when the stakes are highest.

Age of Discovery navigates the crises of our time and helps us all define a legacy that the world will still celebrate half a millennium from now.


    Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance Reviews

  • Darren

    Society is presently at a crossroads, despite economic and political problems around the world. Development potential is at a high, technology is changing our world at a breakneck pace and we are in a...

  • Gary Schmidt

    As a history buff, I picked this up a couple days ago, even though the European Renaissance isn’t usually my preferred era to read up on. I wasn’t disappointed by the history, but I was wonderfull...

  • Joe

    "The present is not merely a repeat of the past, but neither does humanity reinvent itself with each new generation. Circumstances change technologies change; but our deep purposes remain more stable,...

  • Prasanna

    Age of Discovery is a must read for science buffs and leaders. It details our scientific achievements from the Renaissance era and shows us how today, once again, conditions are ripe for creating a ne...

  • J. Ewbank

    Goldin and Kutarna have written a powerful, inciteful, interesting, and readable book. This book considers the renaissance of the past and the thesis is that we are living in the renaissance of today....

  • Chouba Nabil

    the book is about comparing the Renaissance challenges and turmoil to our current time.Ian Goldin gathered a huge collection of numbers and statistics, if you are part of few who make their mind and t...

  • Roger H

    Very interesting book touching on both history and curent major developments which could bring about dramatic impacts (both areas of interest to me). I appreciated learning more about many areas which...

  • D.L. Morrese

    The years 1450 through 1550 mark the height of the Renaissance. The recently invented printing press encouraged literacy and facilitated communication. Larger ships brought about increases in trade an...

  • T. Fowler

    I found this an interesting book, particularly the descriptions of the many uses that are being made of advanced technology, especially nanotechnology and the application of quantum physics. While I w...

  • Glib Buriak

    Incredible Seems like a book of the year. Outstanding work and a must read. ...