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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

 
 
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Walter Isaacson.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781476708690
Pages/Publication Date 543/2014
Daedalus Item Code 70003
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(National Book Award Nominee) Following his hugely popular biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson here illuminates how the collaborative spirit of inventors and innovators—more so than individual inspiration—made the creation of digital information and the Internet possible. He introduces us to Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s, followed by such personalities as to 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 considers how their minds worked and what made them so inventive, as well as how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative.

"Riveting, propulsive and at times deeply moving.... One of Isaacson's jealousy-provoking gifts is his ability to translate complicated science into English—those who have read his biographies of Einstein and Steve Jobs understand that Isaacson is a kind of walking Rosetta Stone of physics and computer programming.... The Innovators is one of the most organically optimistic books I think I've ever read. It is a stirring reminder of what Americans are capable of doing when they think big, risk failure, and work together."—Atlantic

"This kaleidoscopic narrative serves to explain the stepwise development of 10 core innovations of the digital age—from mathematical logic to transistors, video games and the Web—as well as to illustrate the exemplary traits of their makers.... Isaacson unequivocally demonstrates the power of collaborative labor and the interplay between companies and their broader ecosystems.... The Innovators is the most accessible and comprehensive history of its kind."—Washington Post

"Sweeping and surprisingly tenderhearted ... Isaacson's outsize narrative talents are on full display. Few authors are more adept at translating technical jargon into graceful prose, or at illustrating how hubris and greed can cause geniuses to lose their way.... The book evinces a genuine affection for its subjects that makes it tough to resist ...[and is] most memorable not for its intricate accounts of astounding breakthroughs and the business dramas that followed, but rather for the quieter moments in which we realize that most primal drive for innovators is a need to feel childlike joy."—NYTBR

 
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