Full Title: The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places From Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, by Eric Weiner
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What I loved about Eric Weiner's travelogue wasn't just the quirky, self-deprecating travel writing. The real reason to pick up this book is that it weaves together the why. Why does a Renaissance happen? What are the common elements, if any, about a place that causes an outburst of creativity?
Each Renaissance Weiner explores—from Florence to Huangzuou—offers differing explanations of how your environment can cultivate genius and innovation.
Weiner takes the reader on a chronological journey to places you've definitely learned about in school, but in a whole new way. I learned that Socrates believed ideas were best found in movement and that in Calcutta, it was all about coincidence.
If you're looking for a thoroughly entertaining read, and to immerse yourself in new places and new ways of thinking without leaving your armchair, this one's for you.