The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations is published by Wiley in June 2010. This book has 384 pages in English, ISBN-13 978-0470618301.
A Polymath—the Greek word for Renaissance Man—is one who excels in many disciplines. From Leonardo da Vinci to Benjamin Franklin, we have relied on Polymaths to innovate and find creative solutions to the problems of the day. How would these Renaissance men and women manage our current technology bounty? Which disciplines would they choose to focus on? Would they work on the architecture of next-generation green cities, or focus on nanotechnology?
As our challenges have grown exponentially we need to bring together da Vinci, Franklin, and many more. The New Polymath is an enterprise that excels in multiple technologies—infotech, cleantech, healthtech, and other tech—and leverages multiple talent pools to create new medicine, new energy, and new algorithms.
Author Vinnie Mirchandani shares his varied experience as a technology adviser and market watcher to explain in business language the diversity of today’s technology palette and to profile a wide range of innovations at:
Large multinationals such as GE and BP
Fast-growing, midsized companies like Cognizant and salesforce.com
The cleantech industry in China, farms in Ireland, and the back roads of Rwanda
This book categorizes eleven “building blocks” for the New Polymath to leverage in its R-E-N-A-I-S-S-A-N-C-E framework, including next-generation analytics, cloud computing, sustainability, and social networks. The author profiles over a hundred innovators and demonstrates how they use these building blocks to solve both their individual day-to-day issues and the “Grand Challenges” the world faces.
Brimming with examples from a variety of industries, countries, and business processes, the book will inspire you to groom your own New Polymath tools, processes, and ecosystem of innovation ideas.