The Innovators

The Innovators

How A Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

Large Print - 2014
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The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is also a history of the digital revolution and a 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? 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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410474971
1410474976
Branch Call Number: 004.092 I73i1
Characteristics: Large print.,rda
957 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm

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Hailcheese
Nov 20, 2016

A very entertaining book, and a great read, except for a little in the middle. I didn't have a very comprehensive history of the topic before reading, and this book was helpful in providing that.

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rpavlacic
Jan 06, 2016

A quite comprehensive review of the history of computing, from Ada Lovelace's 19th century musings about artificial intelligence to the creation of Watson; and pretty much everything in between including the inventions of the transistor and capacitor, the microchip, the Web and Wikipedia. Isaacson does a good job of putting the story together including the intrigue that happened along the way including some bitter patent disputes. This makes me want to read the author's biography of Steve Jobs.

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bakleist
Oct 29, 2015

A good, thorough history of computing. Isaacson likes looking at the reason some technologies failed while others were quickly adopted, so this is largely a book about the technology industry (including its academic and military beginnings) and the personalities involved in its development. Teamwork versus individualism is prevalent motif.

morrisonist Sep 14, 2015

do we really need a history of internet porn?

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winterwarrior99
Jul 03, 2015

Fascinating study of the digital revolution. Detailed accounts of individuals and teams achieving leaps in knowledge and scientific understanding resulting in advances in technology. Many insightful behind-the-scene details of personalities and discoveries. This book is a "must" for those who desire an understanding of the dynamics of collaboration and vision. A delightful read.

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SeattleSaul
Jun 18, 2015

A comprehensive history of the digital age starting from 1843 with Ada Lovelace and ending with in the 21st century with the launch of Google, IBM’s Watson and the World Wide Web. As the title implies, it is about the innovators, the people, not so much about technical details. The main theme is that collaboration between individuals has spurred the creation of our Digital Age rather than lone geniuses. A secondary theme is that the most useful inventions meet at the crossroads of art and technology. Many times inspiration comes to one mind, but only with the help of people able to build and sell the idea to others does it come to fruition. The author does not spare describing the negative side of the innovators as well as the altruistic. The journey continues with the debate over the possibility of creating non-human intelligence. I can recommend this to all seeking enlightenment about the origin of the computer as we know it.

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kityojames
Feb 11, 2015

The unique thing about this book is its layering of people's mini- biographies to bring out the bigger picture in the computer innovation. Countless contributions, numerous breakthroughs and a variety of achievements from the academics to non-academics alike, who steer the digital revolution. It ends up re-affirming that no single person takes the credit for this great leap into the computer, the microprocessor, the chip, internet and web. Unlike Walter Isaacsson's other books, this is not as awe racking as the ones about Einstein or Steve jobs. But, incase it gets boring towards the middle, the trick is to just read on. The facts are very helpful. Many surprises too for me, - Algore is present, Jeff Raskin almost missing, William Gibson missing, Mike Zuckberg missing. And surprisingly, Barack Obama is present.

Ham625 Jan 10, 2015

A book well worth reading about the history of the computer and many of the players who worked on and developed the current product. I found the beginning and ending with Ada Countess of Lovelace particularly fascinating.

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sandraperkins
Dec 06, 2014

This book is a fascinating history of the many people who contributed to the development of the computer, the personal computer, and the internet. The stories of collaboration and advances (and missed opportunities) are pretty amazing. This book is long and detailed, but it is well worth reading. Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is also excellent.

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Elaine212
Nov 18, 2014

Read about the birth and continued innovations that gave birth to the digital age. Isaacson takes us through the quirky path paved by romantics, dreamers, and friends getting together to talk, where ideas loomed and became reality. Steve Jobs loved the humanities and yet was drawn to technology. Ada Byron was a poet and a mathematician. She observed that elements of the arts and technology provide the skill to develop what we know today as the computer.

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