[Pdf] (The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution) BY Walter Isaacson

Leading Cultural Change: The Theory and Practice of Successful Organizational Transformation eThree ways that teams were put together in the digital age 482 Sorry you can t have your lumping claim and then at thend of the book break it down You can make the claim about three modalities of team innovation at the beginning of the book and then show it But pulling this canard out at the nd of the book is just not fairIn sum if this is the only book you re going to read it s OK But the real story is bigger and Isaacson s take on all this is slanted and focused way too much on the technology we have rather than the technologies we might have I don t think asking for that is asking for a different book ither because Isaacson is interested nough in the losers to mention them His book would have been immensely richer by giving them their due to the tune of perhaps 50 additional pages over the whole book A masterful tour of the creative people behind the development of computers and the digital revolution using a frame that probes the relative contributions of teamwork vs individual genius As I continually benefitted the ver increasing capabilities of computers from the 70s onward for my former science career and I Die Neurobiologie des Glücks: Wie die Positive Psychologie die Medizin verändert (German Edition) enjoyed Isaacson s biography of Ben Franklin I figured I couldn t lose Plus friends praise his skills in the history of science as revealed in his books on Einstein and Steve Jobs I wasn t disappointed given that he inevitably had to focus on highlights and distillations to cover his intended scope His story of the pioneers hackers Inventors andntrepreneurs who made the Meditieren mit Musik und Klngen: Inspiration Nada Yoga evolution possible makes forxciting reading MasterCases in Spine Surgery even if you are not technically oriented That s because it s a human story mixing the personal history behind the ambition and dreams and thenergy of both competitive and collaborative forces The story begins with Ada Lovelace who teamed up with Babbage in Victorian England to conceive of generalized programming routines that could control a calculating machine They never built a working machine but their theoretical concepts were seminal by the time the build up toward World War 2 was driving scientists ver closer to a working computer to make calculations important for waging war Turing s innovations on code breaking machines mathematical advances by John von Neumann and adaptation of punch card programming from the textile industry for calculation routines of room sized lectromechanical computers represented big breakthroughs From there it was short jump to an all Keepers Compendium electronic system based on vacuum tubes and then a big leap to faster and denser logic circuits made possible by the invention of transistors Major milestones in the form of the first multipurpose memory units the first central processing component and first program stored in memory were paralleled by advances in software languages and operating systems to translate logical operations into machine code The invention of integrated circuits made possible anxponential leap in computing power and opened the door to smaller personal computers which in turn fed into the development of spreadsheets and graphical design programs for business and games for fun and soon thereafter networking and the Internet It s all uite a dizzying progression one that changed the world And Isaacson brings to life albeit in a compressed presentation the many individuals and teams who made it happen There is no great insight in his use of a lens of collaborative vs individual contributions but it was surprising the way the combinations of skillsets played out in various accomplishments Sometime it s a mathematician and an The Man with the Golden Gun (James Bond role-playing game) [Box Set] engineer that make a successful team other times it s the addition of a people manager or business promoter that makes the difference The synergy between Gordon Moore and Andy Groves at Intel Bill Gates and Paul Allen at Microscoft and Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak at Apple are just some of the obviousxamples Isaacson also xplores the differences and similarities of the nvironment of various settings of great advances including Bell Labs where the transistor was invented IBM where mainframes and business programming were developed which denied sufficient glory to women programmers like Grace Hopper Penn State where the first general purpose Schmerzmedizin - 1000 Fragen electromechanical computer was creates Xerox PARC where the first graphical user interface was designed and Apple Computer which married hippie chic and Silicon Valley cultures Another theme Isaacson pursues is the whole concept of artificial intelligence and thinking machines vs Lovelace s prediction that computers will forever serve to amplify human creative capabilities The potential for computers tompower the individual drove many to pursue software development without the profit motive The story of Steward Brand harnessing the Whole Earth Catalog and hippie culture to advance this cause was fascinating The birth of shareware through the work of Stallman and Linux and the free contribution of the first web browser by Andreessen are great hallmarks of that tradition worth my learning about The story of the birth and success of Wikipedia was something I knew nothing about and fun to learn about All in all I found this a solid achievement in laying out such a vast river of innovation in a coherent and stimulating progression It s so Psychologische Homöopathie. easy to forget where all these wonders came from that it s worth putting some names and personal stories to the history In his latest book Isaacson offers the reader an insightful look into the world of technology and the numerous people whose insights and innovative ideas have changed the world in which we live While not the biography of any one person Isaacson personifies technology and offers stories related to its branches from thearly speculative ideas of Ada Loveless around a mechanical calculating device through to the dawn of Wikipedia and mass user self The Viva Mayr Diet: 14 days to a flatter stomach and a younger you editing Isaacson travels through time specifically since the pre WWIIra to the present #To Offer Tales Of # offer tales of ideas that built on one another Things the reader would take for granted become major Aviation Logistics: The Dynamic Partnership of Air Freight and Supply Chain events and receivedxcellent backstories One thing Isaacson does throughout his tome is to dispel the myths that urban legends have spun into faux realities including Al Gore inventing the internet He further lays the premise that the R High Performance Programming entire book should be taken as a set of technological building blocks one device or idea connecting to the next such that there are not true inventors but strict innovators who seek to add a niche to a larger conversation that takes place in anvolutionary reality Those who seek to claim inventor status are uashed in Isaacson s narrative and by the scores of men and women who have added to the technological uilt Any reader with a curiosity surrounding technology should invest time in this book though be somewhat leery of some technical jargon that can weigh down the narrative for the laypersonAs Isaacson presents in his introduction some of these ideas came during his research on the Steve Jobs biography the first of his that I devoured Isaacson s desire to downplay any one person wearing the Crown Of Inventor He of inventor he out the praise to all those s desire to downplay any one person wearing the crown of inventor he passes out the praise to all those played a role in their own way and does so in an ffective manner The narrative flows nicely ven if it is weighed down with jargon in spots This jargon is highly useful however as it depicts the degree to which many of the actors were Scala for Java Developers ensconced in their fields The reader can. Fail The Innovators is a masterly saga of collaborative genius destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens Isaacson begins the adventure with Ada Lovelace Lord Byron’s daughter who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s Hexplores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution such as Vannevar Bush Alan Turing John von Neumann JCR Licklider Dou. But the main lesson to draw from the birth of computers is that innovation is usually a group The Qur'an, Morality and Critical Reason: The Essential Muhammad Shahrur effort involving collaboration between visionaries andngineers and that creativity comes from drawing on many sources Only in storybooks do inventions come like a thunderbolt or a lightbulb popping out of the head of a lone individual in a basement or garret or garage Walter Isaacson s The Innovators How a Group of Hackers Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution is an Vermeer to Eternity enjoyable and worthy study of an oftentimes overlooked history There were several things I appreciated about Isaacson s approach Echoing the uote above there is a consistent theme in this book about how nerdy talent was gathered to generate ideas and power innovation Hearing about theccentricities of this nerdy talent was sometimes as interesting as the innovations themselves I also liked that Isaacson began with Ada Lovelace the daughter of Lord Byron and didn t just drop her in the first chapter but found ways to show how her contributions are still relevant Finally there was nearly a whole chapter on Pong No way anybody could come up with a better game than that 375 stars The basic premise of this book is that innovators and inventors do not create new concepts solo They are almost always collaborators But there is not a surplus of collaboration described in this book This was a fun Heaven to Betsy entertaining book to read In the beginning of the book the innovators were described in detail in historical order But as the chronology approached the present day less and less space was devoted to individual innovators and to the innovations I reallynjoyed an So B. It earlier book by Isaacson Benjamin Franklin An American Life In that book I really was able to understand the man and his accomplishments However this book covers too much ground andnds up being less than satisfying I Cabaret ended up understanding the life of the first personality covered in the book Ada Lovelace but not muchlse Perhaps if the author had not tried to cover very single person he considers to be an innovator and to go into depth about the most inter This book is going to be huge since it functions not only as a history of the computer and the internet but as a treatise on innovation and collaboration I can imagine that it will be reuired reading for all kinds of people working in all varieties of business Unlike his bio of Steve Jobs which was important as immediate history but was also understandably rushed Isaacson s new book reads like a labor of love and is much better written focused than Jobs and is thought provoking on a lot of different levels I have already told a half dozen people I work with at a Fortune 500 financial services company that this book should be reuired reading when it comes out in OctoberRarely have a I read an ARC and felt so frustrated because I have to wait for the book to come out so there are other readers with whom I can discuss it Note added 23 Feb 2017 This seems to have a lot of likes but I want to make sure that people understand that my perspective is a bit specialized The book is lively and very interesting If you want to read a provocative and detailed story of innovation this is a great choice I think the full story reuires some xtra reading which I note in the review The book has its limitations but it s still a good readRegrettably I can t give this a great reviewIn part it depends on what you want If you want a history of innovation from the point of view of the winners the people who created the technology we use today then this book might be for youBut I would strongly recommend that you read some other books Katie Hafner s When Wizards Stay Up Late John Markoff s What the Dormouse Said Steven Levy s HackersIsaacson hits all of the main highlights of the development of digital technology from Ada to Google In Terms Of New Contributions of new contributions of Lovelace is much broader than what one normally gets and he s very good on the women who worked as programmers for Eniac and the like That s good Additionally there is new interview material that provides details that I haven t seen lsewhere For instance the book notes that both parents of Tim Berners Lee inventor of the web were computer programmers and that TBL was an lectronics nerd as a kid The uotes from people like the founders of Google are a bit looser than usual I like thatYet there are three big problems here1 First off this is a history of the victors and its Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice extremely presentist in that it privileges things that are our technology today Thus people like Jef Raskin and Ted Nelson aressentially buried Yes there are a few words on Nelson but he deserves like 10 pages and Raskin gets one mention Raskin was the true originator of the Mac he deserves way credit Another En plein coeur example Gopher The Gopher protocol which predates the web wasxtremely important and arguably would have been useful for certain kinds of information browsing Yet another thing that is scanted as in so many histories that involve computer mediated communication is the depth of social sharing on time sharing systems it was a big deal and seems to be just outside the view of most historians I think Isaacson s canvas is large and this would have complicated his story2 The discussion of bidirectional information transfer is very weak It comes up on p 300 with regard to Lee Felsenstein and the free speech movement People like Felsenstein thought computer networks would change society because they might provide for broadcast from the citizen Despite the advent of blogs twitter The Bookshop on the Shore etc the dominant model has been publication as Isaacson rightly points out from his personalxperience Dance Real Slow editing Time online 420 422 But I think Isaacson makes a big mistake to not talk at significantly greater length about how bidirectionality was lost in thearly history of the network To be sure he does get into the blogging phenomenon but it is weak because so focused on a single individual Justin Hall Anyway the concern isn t The Art of Memoir even so much about individuals contributing content but the very structure of the Internet and the policing of uploads forxample your broadband provider gives you a lot less data uota for upload than download Obviously the missing figure here is Nicholas Negroponte who long advocated for true bidirectionally for communication his key case was always video out of the home so grandparents could The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life easily send movies to their kids A similar gap to the lack of spadework to uncover the deeper interest in bidirectionally is the discussion of how MosaicNetscape never had a decentditor that might provide for asily composing web pages from the browser see p 418 This wasn t just an issue for the Berners Lee It was a howl coming from the arly adopters of browsers The lack of such ditors also points out limitations in the standards track and how RFCs cannot really turn the industry3 Finally the biggest argument in the book That innovation comes from teams and groups not from individuals 479 488 and lsewhere The ualifiers for this claim are huge The biggie is that he means successful innovation ie innovation that has gone mainstream Clearly there were plenty of team innovations that weren t absorbed by the marketplace Shouldn t we then acknowledge how teams can fail Additionally what is meant by teams and groups isn t solid Isaacson admits as much when disrupting his own claim by outlining. Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting propulsive and at times deeply moving” The Atlantic story of the people who created the computer and the InternetWhat were the talents that allowed certain inventors and PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities What led to their creative leaps Why did some succeed and others. Read or listen in awe to all that Isaacson has unearthed proving how interconnected something as routine as internet access and application usage Perhaps one of the best and most varied of the biographical pieces I ve read of his Isaacson does a stellar job in presentation content and detailKudos Mr Isaacson for this great piece I cannot wait what or who you tackle next for the reader to absorbLikehate the review Anver growing collection of others appears at I feel bad that I joked about this book in my review of Ninth House and made it seem like a boring read all about how transistors are made It seemed funny at the time but it was Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography entirely misleading This book was not boring at all In fact I would say some chapters were difficult to put downThe Innovators is NOT a comprehensive history of all computer and Internet related technology I feel the need to stress that now It takes a very specific route from Charles Babbage to Google by way of Turing Hopper and Berners Lee a route which is about showing the major players in America s journey to the Digital Age It is veryasy to read it and think Wait What about so and so and whatshername and Ohmygod it s all about freaking America It s limited is what I m trying to say and Isaacson is pretty open about that from the beginning He knows he d need a good 10000 pages to come close to adeuately portraying this history in full so he s stuck with a few big namesWhat he sacrifices in breadth he makes up for in depth which is personally how I like my books to be This was a fascinating book about several fascinating people some of them not fascinating in a good way Though it also sent me down a number of Internet rabbit holes it has to be said I felt compelled to look something up and then would The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, end up neck deep within mathematical theoryI find the story of how we got from a Victorian polymath to the currentver xpanding technologies of today deeply fascinating I love how the author shows how it was such a collaborative ffort It is actually impossible to truly pin down who invented the computer or the Internet because it all relied on so many different people s inventions and ideas I loved reading about all the different influences rural tinkerers taking machines apart America s nuclear program anti stablishment hippies and Ada LovelaceSay what you will but Ada Lovelace is a fascinating person Whether you give her or less of the credit for inventing computer programming she was clearly a genius and a kinda odd individual But it s just a real good story isn t it That one of the two arliest computer visionaries and programmers was a woman called Lady Lovelace the daughter of none other than Lord Byron How delightful I definitely think sometimes the amount of time allotted to certain people had to do with whether Isaacson could getread an interview with them than to how important they actually were It is odd to me that Atanasoff who never got his machine to work was given than three times as much page time as Konrad Zuse who built the world s first programmable computer It also reads a little strange when Isaacson skims over the Manchester Baby the world s first The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl electronic stored program computerBut I m nitpicking I reallynjoyed reading The Innovators and learning about all these incredible people I was Exile and Pilgrim especially glad that Isaacson gave the female programmers the attention they deserved Many people don t know this but almost all of the first computer programmers were women because men didn t realise the importance of software and despite working hard on machines like the ENIAC they were stillxcluded from men only celebratory vents Glad to see them given names and voices in this bookI liked this so much I think I ll read Leonardo da Vinci soon Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube I loved Isaacson s Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs biographies I really really wanted to love this one In a sense this book is at least a four star book because Isaacson wants to prove a point and he succeeds no one person invented the computer or the Internet that the digital revolution is one person building on and with "the backs of others However it is that success that made this book not as njoyable for me because Isaacson "backs of others However it is that success that made this book not as Hannah Montana: The Movie enjoyable for me because Isaacson profiling so many people severalach chapter that their stories get lost one behind the other and the details get confusing He is never truly able to do what he xcels at the slow deep biography a discussion of how ach life vent shaped the person as a whole Also ven thoug 2nd read 1082016 10132016Rereading this book was just slightly less ntertaining than the first time through I loved hearing the stories of collaboration outright copying business machinations and cool combinations of art and technology I really like the whole Shockley Noyce transistor microchip ra And then the section on the arly homebrew groups contending ideologically with Gates and Jobs is good too Isaacson s overt theses are that collaboration not isolated geniuses account for progr Atlantean Shoulders Fit to Bear John MiltonThis is a grand and gratifying overview of the innovators who have played a major role in forging today s dynamic technology and our high tech society with its main focus on the last 80 or so yearsWalter Isaacson who has written bios of Jobs and Einstein has the brilliant ability to research comprehend and assimilate all this intriguing and highly complex information and transform it into an inuisitive and fascinating look at our technological Innovators coherent and clear nough for the average reader to understand AND njoy I took away a much informed perspective of how we got here and a distinct reverence away a much informed perspective of how we got here and a distinct reverence the innovators in the text and generally for the human capacity for incredible intellect and curiosity as well as our nduring and limitless creativityThe following uote gives the best overview in my opinion of the book to an average reader such as IMost of the successful innovators and A Companion to Peter Martyr Vermigli entrepreneurs in this book had one thing in common they were product people They cared about and deeply understood thengineering and design They were not primarily marketers or salesmen or financial types when such folks took over companies it was often to the detriment of sustained innovation When the sales guys run the company the product guys don t matter so much and a lot of them just turn off Jobs said Larry Page felt the same The best leaders are those with the deepest understanding of the The Best Four Years: How to Survive and Thrive in College (and Life) engineering and product designAnother lesson of the digital age is as old as Aristotle Man is a social animal Whatlse could xplain CB and ham radios or their successors such as WhatsApp and Twitter Almost very digital tool whether designed for it or not was commandeered by humans for a social purpose to create communities facilitate communication collaborate on projects and The Time of the Hunters Moon enable social networking Even the personal computer which was originallymbraced as a tool for individual creativity inevitably led to the rise of modems online services and ventually Facebook Flickr and Foursuare Machines by contrast are not social animals They don t join Facebook of their own volition nor seek don t join Facebook of their own volition nor seek for its own sake Despite all of the proclamations of artificial intelligence ngineers and Internet sociologists digital tools have no personalities intentions or desires They are what we make of them This book is due all xceptional acclaim. G 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 ven creative For an ra that seeks to foster innovation creativity and teamwork The Innovators is “a sweeping and surprisingly tenderhearted history of the digital age” The New York Time. .

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