Steven Johnson explores how our ideas are created. He looks at what makes these ideas good by examining the benefits of thought stimulating environments. People often credit their ideas to certain eye-opening moments but the expert discusses how space plays an important role in the thinking process.
The author uses London's 'Grand Cafe' as an example by showing how England's first coffee house replaced individuals unhealthy habits with ones that stimulated thoughts and discussions. The author explores environments that lead to groundbreaking innovations by examining the cafe's creative and enlightening architecture.
Johnson stresses the importance of thought-provoking environments that encourage individuals to engage and share ideas. He explores the space of creativity and finds reoccurring patterns within physical and virtual spaces, proving that ideas are networks of the mind.