Live via Zoom:
Monday, May 10, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Steven Johnson presents Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
In conversation with Randall Munroe
Bestselling author Steven Johnson (How We Got to Now; Where Good Ideas Come From; The Ghost Map) comes to Greenlight (virtually!) for the launch of his new book, Extra Life. There are few measures of human progress more astonishing than our increased longevity. All the advances of modern life—the medical breakthroughs, the public health institutions, the rising standards of living—have given us each about twenty thousand extra days on average, doubling our life expectancy as a species in just one hundred years. Extra Life is Johnson’s brilliant and fascinating look at the milestones of this progress. Behind each public health breakthrough lies an inspiring story of cooperative innovation, of brilliant thinkers bolstered by strong systems of public support and collaborative networks. A study in how meaningful change happens in society, Extra Life is an ode to the enduring power of common goals and public resources. Johnson is joined in conversation by Randall Munroe, the bestselling author What If?, Thing Explainer, and How To.