English | ASIN: B08J8CLHBS | 2021 | 8 hours and 26 minutes |
As featured in The New York Times Magazine, and on an upcoming PBS documentary series: the surprising and important story of how humans gained what amounts to an extra life, from the best-selling author. As a species we have doubled our life expectancy in just 100 years. All the advances of modern life - the medical breakthroughs, the public health institutions, the rising standards of living - have given us each about 20,000 extra days on average. There are few measures of human progress more astonishing than our increased longevity.
This book is Steven Johnson's attempt to understand where that progress came from. How many of those extra 20,000 days came from vaccines, or the decrease in famines, or seatbelts? What are the forces that now keep us alive longer? Behind each breakthrough lies an inspiring story of cooperative innovation, of brilliant thinkers bolstered by strong systems of public support and collaborative networks.