In this comprehensive account, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Walter Isaacson explains how and why some entrepreneurs and inventors – with just as many talents, creativity and visionary ideas as others – failed, while others succeeded.
He begins and ends his historical journey with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter and mid-nineteenth century’s first computer programmer, and weaves his tale to include other significant innovative minds of the digital age including Charles Babbage, Vannevar Bush, Konrad Zuse, Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, John Mauchly, John von Neumann, J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce (Intel), Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Microsoft), Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs (Apple), Tim Berners-Lee, Larry Page (Google), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), and Lee Felsenstein (Osborne) and how each contributed individually as well as collaboratively to create the computer, transistor, microchip, PC, software, video games, and the internet.
After Isaacson narrates his introduction, audiobook award winning narrator Dennis Boutsikaris takes over to present a rich, energetic, as well as interesting and entertaining reading. He brings unique emotions and subtleties to each of the various visionary and creative technology innovators of the digital revolution.
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