How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.
What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?
In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.
This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.
For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen.
From Publishers Weekly
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The latest from Mr. Isaacson has a bit too much biography on each of the "innovators" and quite thin on explanations and backgrounds of the tech aspects of each innovation. Recommended for history and biography buffs; not for geeks.
Read a great book over Thanksgiving break!
Highly recommend to anyone who has ever taken apart a piece of electronics to see how it worked.
"The next phase of the Digital Revolution will bring even more new methods of marrying technology with the creative industries, such as media, fashion, music, entertainment, education, literature, and the arts.
This innovation will come from people who are able to link beauty to engineering, humanity to technology, and poetry to processors.
It will come from creators who can flourish where the arts intersect with the sciences and who have a rebellious sense of wonder that opens them to the beauty of both.”
Real Story is Obscured
Walter is a skilled writer with a broad background, but he seems to be more focused on the sex lives of his subjects than he is on the topic. Very unfortunate lost opportunity to tell the true story.