Computers and the Internet have jettisoned this world into the future. In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson tells the story of those who made these magical inventions possible.
Summary of the Book
A few decades ago, the very thought of having a world of information at our fingertips was unimaginable. The Internet and computers have changed the world forever, bringing a technological revolution with them to sweep us into the twenty-first century. However, the conception of these magnificent creations was a long process. It took the minds of geniuses whose ideas had the potential to turn heads and garner attention. These men and woman shaped the world into its current form with their ideas and inventions. What made these innovators so different from their peers? Why did some of them rise to astounding heights while others failed? In this breath-taking account of the story of technology as we know it, Walter Isaacson begins with the story of Ada Lovelace, the woman who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He goes on to tell the stories of others like her, giants 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. Isaacson reveals how they transformed their ideas into innovations and how their mastery of teamwork and collaboration empowered their creativity. This book shows readers how great ideas are actually fostered by working together and how great innovators created magic.
About Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson is an American biographer known for his books Kissinger: A Biography, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Einstein: His Life and Universe and Steve Jobs.
Isaacson graduated from Harvard University and during his stay, he was President of the Signet Society, a member of the Harvard Lampoon and a resident of Lowell House. He later went on to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, reading Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He has also served as the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of Time.
A timely book that goes beyond naming obvious "stars" and brings to fore unsung heroes
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Traces the Digital Revolution in an unbiased manner.
A well-written account of the Digital Revolution spanning two centuries
An in-depth, knowledgeable read
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