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.
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Engaging History of Computing
I got into computers with the Commodore VIC-20 in 1983, and have worked my way through all of the advances right up to today's iPhones and Microsoft's Surface. Having lived through 35 years of Moore's Law, I am still awed to think that my Apple Watch probably has more computing power than the Lunar Lander in 1969. While I enjoyed learning about all the early thorists with their Analytical Engines and all, the real pleasure was reliving the early days of personal computing, hearing the stories about Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the complementary collaborators who have changed the way we work...play...live.
An enjoyable listen for those who lived through the early days, and a book that will help those born with a digital spoon in their mouths appreciate the technology that we all take for granted today.
- P. Lafford