- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; UK ed. edition (6 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781471138805
- ISBN-13: 978-1471138805
- ASIN: 1471138801
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.6 x 13.2 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1,195 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution Paperback – 6 October 2015
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'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
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Being an electronics engineer and a technology fan, it would be wrong to say that the infomation in this book is new. Most of the information can be found by Google searches and wiki pages but this book does a great job of arranging the facts and stories in a linear sequence of events under major innovations.
While reading this book you can actually see (imagine) a complex thing like today's computer industry being built layer by layer in front of you. You realise how the things that you take for granted everyday came to be and how the fundamentals of computers have remained unchanged for so many years.
The underlying theme of the book that innovation is finally a team effort whether people are in the same team or spread out across the world is brought out superbly in this book.
If you are a student or a person interested in the foundatons of the computer industry, I would highly recommend this book.
Walter Isaacson does a great job (once more) bringing together history, reality, lessons and his great writing style into a single master piece thats a walk-through into history and developments of digital age, along the way bringing together great lessons to be drawn from the stories of great Visionaries , Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Leaders and what characters/traits made them Innovators to change and disrupt our world towards betterment.
Currently I am reading this, and realizing that, the computer revolution was and still is ,so evolutionary in nature, where small incremental changes, bring about huge,monumental and ground breaking transformation in human life and society.
Page count - 543
This is another great work of Walter Isaacson. The book starts with Ada Byron and her notes on the Babbage analytical engine and then travels through he highs and lows of all technological marvels and the building of the internet to personal computers and then the emergence of giant companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google. The pages contain detailed timeline maps and pictures of legends. A must buy if you are even thinking about it.
P. S. - Amazon please step up your packaging game. It's embarrassing to receive a gem of a book like this in your flimsy bubble wrap plastic bag. There is no thought of protecting the product. Please do something about it.
Only he could have written such a book.
It was truly special to read it.
The book has a permanent place in my collection.
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My one gripe with the narrative is that it does get a little repetitive at times from a format perspective (new tech -> innovator -> childhood and growing up -> what led to the innovation etc) but that can hardly be avoided in a book of this nature.
The fact that he starts from Ada Lovelace and Babbage and takes us all the way through to the present day in one book is really incredible.
Well worth a read.
P.S. The section on Wiki’s also encouraged me to write this review and contribute, very convincing!
The story left out is that of the first commercial electronic computer - LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) which was launched in 1951 by the British food and catering company Lyons.
It would have been easy to start from the war years and focus on most people's perception of the key players, but Isaacson takes the reader back to Ada Lovelace and the very earliest concepts of computing.
If you spent your early years coding in C or BASIC or anything similar you'll particularly relate to certain parts of the book. But even if not, you will probably appreciate the over view of how we have equipped ourselves with amazing technology in such a relatively short time. The story of the players involved is a compelling one.