St. Martin's Press
May 24, 2016
Da Vinci, Columbus, Copernicus, Luther, Gutenberg. These names recall an era in which an unprecedented rush of discovery and disruption broke through long-standing barriers and broke down equally long-standing powers. This rush entangled the whole world politically, economically and intellectually, and reshaped society. Now, the same forces that converged 500 years ago to spark genius and upend social order – great leaps in science, trade, migration, technology, education and health –are once again present, only stronger and more widespread.
In Age of Discovery, Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna show how we can draw courage and wisdom from the last Renaissance in order to fashion our own golden age out of this New Renaissance. Whether we’re seized by Gutenberg or Zuckerberg; the discovery of the Americas or the rise of China; copperplate or silicon etching; the Bonfire of the Vanities or the rise of ISIS; the spread of syphilis or the Ebola pandemic – a Renaissance moment dares humanity to give its best just when the stakes are highest.
Age of Discovery navigates the crises of our time and helps us all define a legacy that the world will still remember half a millennium from now.
Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalization and Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He was Vice President of the World Bank, Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and an advisor to President Nelson Mandela.
Chris Kutarna is a fellow at the Oxford Martin School and an expert in international politics and economics. He was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and continues to advise senior executives in Asia, North America and Europe.