July 01, 2019
July Book Club Pick - Loonshots


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July Book Club Pick

Loonshots

by Safi Bahcall
"What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water? 

In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. 

Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall reveals why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice. "

Why this book is worth reading: Similar to last month's book Drive, this book provides a very in depth look at how "crazy ideas" succeed or fail.  The author goes into great detail, with psychological studies and business examples, of ideas that started as impossible can grow to become great inventions, as well as ideas that are left on the table to wither and die. This book gives great insight into the type of leaders that nurture "crazy ideas" and others that need to move fast to the next sure thing.  It is an interesting read and sure to have you thinking about some ideas you had that you have left on the table to wither. 
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