If the world were in perfect order, there would be no reason to work to make it better. It’s precisely disorder that often stimulates us to come up with new ideas and creative ways of doing things, as Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, shows in his refreshingly counter-intuitive look at disarray and confusion. A former World Bank economist, Oxford tutor, and now columnist for The Financial Times, Harford has gathered examples from the arts, technology, and business, and he analyzes how messiness has been essential for innovators including Brian Eno, Jeff Bezos, and the people involved in MIT’s Building 20.
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