Book Review: "The Invention of Air" by Steven Berlin Johnson"A story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America."

"The Case for the Generalist."

The first is the actual subtitle, the second is my own.  There are themes in this book that will remain with me for a long time, at least for today and tomorrow, which is a long time these days. Steven Berlin Johnson is the father of three boys, husband of one wife, and author of five books, "The Invention of Air" being the most recent . . . and I really like it.  I've been talking about it every day for days.  Not that I had much of a choice, when you write a book making a case for the generalist, toss in a rogue hero challenging church & political institutions - with a dash of optimism  - count me in.

The book takes a look at enlightenment era and the birth of america, centered around a lesser-known albeit extremely influential character named Joseph Priestly, all through the lens of ecosystems science.  I should add this disclaimer: I did not read this book, I listened to it while driving, which is how most of my "reading" has been accomplished lately.  Although I backtracked several portions to understand it better, I did not have the luxury of re-reading parts, taking notes, quotes, etc, and this will be pretty evident in my thoughts below, as well as the accuracy of the information I present!

View short video clips of some of Steven's material on YouTube here.

See also: "The Top 5 Reasons to be a Jack-of-All Trades" by Timothy Ferriss.


To be continued when time permits . . .