What talents allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their disruptive ideas into realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, the Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s story of the people who gave life to 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.
Under the exciting subject of the digital revolution, the author brings to light who set pace to the saga with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He then 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 these great people achieved extraordinary innovations and analyses how their minds worked inorder for them to attain that level of creativity. 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, this book shows how they actually happen.
“Mr Isaacson excels at explaining complex concept…which make this a good history of computing for non-geeks.” The Economist
“Isaacson is the ideal narrator of the wider story, stopping at all the important stages in the digital revolution.” Literary Review
‘As Matthew Winioski declared in the Washington Post: “History at this scale tends towards either encyclopaedia or determinist manifesto, a fate Isaacson avoids by using his talent for stories to shift between romance novel, operating manual, legal briefing, memoir and humanist sermon.” The Oldie
The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, by Walter Isaacson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He and his wife live in New Orleans.
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (6 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147670869X
- ISBN-13: 147670869X
- Product Dimensions: 15.56 x 4.06 x 23.5 cm