The Innovators

By Walter Isaacson,

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Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovatorsis Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works.

What talents allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to…

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In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson reminds us that “innovation occurs when ripe seeds fall on fertile ground.” Like the earth beneath our feet, we stand on stratum upon stratum of technological innovation, each with unique markers of its age.

Sometimes, the right idea, person, or group of people arrives at the right time to sow the seeds of something new. Isaacson explores how this phenomenon, teaching us how the collaboration of many individuals working across time and space helped usher in the first digital age in a highly readable survey of the main players and events.

As we stand on…

At the end, it’s all about people: The hackers, geniuses, geeks, hippies, and revolutionaries who pioneered the computers and networks that underly modern life. Hailing from home garages, hacker clubs, corporate research centers, university labs, and other, less-expected settings, these innovators had bold dreams and unique execution abilities.

Written by one of America’s greatest biographers, this book describes the historical background and personal drama that drove the digital revolution, unprecedented in its scope and versatility. Isaacson is a passionate narrator and a master expositor. The Innovators covers an astonishing range of hardware and software innovations, as well as the birth…

In this treatise, Isaacson answers the question “How did we get here?” with fascinating detailed storytelling about the most important contributions and contributors to computer science. It is a definitive reference work—-if you want information about someone or something related to computer science, you can use the index to this book as the springboard to an engaging and interesting story.

The book opens with an illustrated timeline that neatly summarizes what is to come. It really is worth reading the book cover to cover to get full context on how the digital revolution really happened (admittedly, there are plenty of…

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