Steven Johnson

He is included in here more as an encouragement for you to think a little differently when it comes to your engagement with the territory of the course as a whole and your professional interests related to the course. His book, Where good ideas come from1, is an excellent resource for thinking about the various ideas you come across in the course. There is an animated synopsis of his book here. You can find a number of accounts of the book online with a search, e.g. his TED talk. There is also a recording of the talk he gave at Google.