Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable 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?
In this masterly saga, Isaacson explores how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also 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.
Author: Walter Isaacson
Paperback: 560 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
“If you’ve found yourself slipping into dark thoughts recently about whether a robot is going to take your job or online monitoring will lead a surveillance state, then this tour d’horizon of the computer age is for you. It presents a deeply comforting humanistic vision: of how a succession of brilliant individuals, often working together in mutually supportive groups, built on each other’s ideas to create pervasive digital culture in which human and machine live together in amicable symbiosis… a fresh perspective of the birth of information age.” Richard Waters, Financial Times
“Ada Lovelace’s prescience was staggering and Lovelace rightly tops and tails this history of digital revolution… The odd thing was that, after Lovelace and Babbage, nothing really happened for 100 years. Then, suddenly, everything happened and we were pitched into the connected electronic maelstrom in which we now find ourselves. Walter Isaacson is the best possible guide to this storm.” Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times
“Mr. Isaacson excels at explaining complex concepts, such as how
Turing’s machines worked, the internet’s packet switching and the inner
workings of open-source communities, all of which make this a good history of
computing for non-geeks.” The Economist