Format Hardcover
Publication Date 09/03/19
ISBN 9781643132129
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 416

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Make, Think, Imagine

Engineering the Future of Civilization

John Browne

An impassioned defense of progress and innovation—and an argument for social responsibility from engineer, businessman, and former CEO of BP Lord John Browne.

Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with false information? Are the decisions about our health, security and finances made by computer programs inexplicable and biased? Will these algorithms become so complex that we can no longer control them? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better health care lead to an aging population which cannot be cared for? Can we provide housing for our ever-growing urban populations? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe?             John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilization is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today's great innovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Make, Think, Imagine provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.

John Browne was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966, rising to Group Chief Executive from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader, regularly voted the most admired businessman by his peers. This is his first book.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Mr. Browne uses his chosen elements to frame a wide-ranging look at scientific progress. It's also a lot of fun.” Wall Street Journal [praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
“The human quest for knowledge has led to extraordinary progress. This book forces us to confront these realities and does so in a unique and fascinating way. It weaves science and humanity together in a way that gives us new insight. This is an expertly crafted book by a unique thinker.” Tony Blair [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
“In his first foray into popular-science writing, Browne does an admirable job crafting an informative and engrossing chemistry-based view of history.” Booklist [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
“The topics the author chooses to cover, ranging from the use of coal in ancient China to the Bessemer converter and silver photography, unfold in thoughtful detail, and the ample footnotes accompanying the text are as diverting as they are helpful.” Kirkus Reviews [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]
“Mixes in his travels and anecdotes from an impressive career to produce a lively, educational examination of civilization’s building blocks.” Publishers Weekly [Praise for Seven Elements That Changed the World]