Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance (Paperback)

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Age of Discovery looks at the world on the brink of a new Renaissance and asks the question, how do we avoid chaos and disruption, and share more widely the benefits of progress?

Now is humanity’s best moment. And our most fragile. Global health, wealth and education are booming. Scientific discovery is flourishing. But the same forces that make big gains possible for some of us deliver big losses to others--and tangle us together in ways that make everyone vulnerable.

We’ve been here before. The first Renaissance, the time of Columbus, Copernicus, Gutenberg and others, redrew all maps of the world, liberated information and shifted Western civilization from the medieval to the early modern era. Such change came at a price: social division, political extremism, economic shocks, pandemics and other unintended consequences of human endeavour.

Now is our second Renaissance. In the face of terrorism, Brexit, refugee crises and the global impact of a Trump presidency, we can flourish—if we heed the urgent lessons of history. Age of Discovery, revised and updated for this paperback edition, shows us how.

About the Author


Ian Goldin is a professor and the director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He was Vice President of the World Bank from 2003-2006. Formerly, he was Chief Executive and Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela.

Chris Kutarna is a Fellow of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and an expert on the fast-growing economies of Asia. Formerly a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, he lives on three continents and labors to help them all understand one another.

Praise For…


"A landmark new book." - The Guardian

"A bold mega-analysis of global education, health, prosperity and technology...incisive and rich in context and granularity." - Nature

"An essential guide—and a superb ride—through our current stormy moment." - Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post

"A powerful journey…This book will help the world." - Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group

"Everyone should read it." - Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"Ian and Chris ask—and answer—the big, essential questions…We should thank them for their audacity." - Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

"This fascinating book…should interest all who care about the future of humanity." - Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal & past President of the Royal Society

"A much-needed dose of perspective in our increasingly short-term-focused world." - Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Co

"Essential reading to navigate the waves of innovation we face today." - Garry Kasparov, 13th World Chess Champion

"A call to action we all need to hear." - Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director, Greenpeace

"An education and a great read in one." - AC Grayling, Philosopher

"Outstanding insights for all those interested in the stresses of the modern world and how other ages have confronted them." - Andrew Hamilton, President, NYU & past Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University

"A very important reminder to grasp the opportunities in the many challenges we are facing today." - Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman, Boston Consulting Group

"A refreshing change from the shallow analyses and sterile nostrums of the right and the left…an impressive and important book." - Edmund Phelps, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"A hugely stimulating book…Everyone should heed the authors’ call." - Niall Ferguson, Professor of History, Harvard University

"A must-read for present and future leaders everywhere." - Asha Kanwar, President, Commonwealth of Learning

"A remarkable feat of both history and prophecy. Ian and Chris have given us a gift of self-reflection that is indeed rare. I can’t believe the book is so light and small for accomplishing such a heavy lift." - Larry Brilliant, President, Skoll Global Threats Fund & past Executive Director, Google.org

"A masterpiece." - Vijay Govindarajan, New York Times best-selling author

"A rich portrait…powerful parallels…essential insights for all of us—including for every emerging Michelangelo and da Vinci." - Reid Hoffman, Founder & Chairman, LinkedIn

"‘[A] lively account of both Renaissance and modern history...Maybe someone should send Mr. Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought-­provoking tweets." - Financial Times

"If you read only one thing..." - Politico

"Far-sighted...Age of Discovery succeeds in convincing that this is an uncommonly interesting time to be alive, with unusual levels of promise—and peril." - Times Higher Education Supplement

"A highly stimulating, indeed challenging book." - Forbes

"Enlightening." - The Sunday Telegraph

"Age of Discovery will leave its readers drained by the scale of the problems we face…but its scope and authority reward the effort." - Daily Telegraph

"Breathless." - New Statesman

"Urgent reading everywhere." - Shanghai Review of Books

"This book completely blows my mind." - ‘Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang’ on Sirius/XM

"Wow." - ABC Afternoons with James Valentine

"Audacious." - Salon.com

"Charts the birth of a brave new world…Impressive." - Morning Star

"A rallying cry for an aspirational future." - CBC News

"A fantastic new book." - Breitbart.com

"Edifying and thoroughly entertaining." - Inside Higher Ed

"A brilliant, “big-think” read of serious scholarship and keen observation of our present moment. It is a prescient warning, a call to action to the better angels of our nature, and a map for a new age of discovery." - 800-CEO-READ

"The best book I’ve read in the past five years." - 33Voices.com

"Important. Powerful." - FutureSquared

"An immense contribution to rethinking our epoch." - Cambridge Business Review



Product Details
ISBN: 9781472943521
ISBN-10: 147294352X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Business
Publication Date: December 12th, 2017
Pages: 552
Language: English