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Computer History Museum Presents: Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'


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Walter Isaacson
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Walter Isaacson

Following his biography of Steve Jobs, award-winning author Walter Isaacson became fascinated with other compelling stories of the men and women who have led the global revolution of the Information Age. His latest book is "The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution." What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs -- but not others -- 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 the digital revolution, including 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. In his typically energetic and insightful style, Isaacson goes behind the scenes to explore how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. Walter Isaacson appears in conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar.

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