The Innovators Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs; The Innovatorsis Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works. What talents allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their disruptive ideas into realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his exciting saga; Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace; Lord Byron's daughter; who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He then explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution; such as 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. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so creative. It's also a 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; this book shows how they actually happen.
Einstein How did Einsteins mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacsons biography shows how Einsteins scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Isaacson explores how an imaginative; impertinent patent clerk ' a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get a teaching job or a doctorate ' became the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom; and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marvelling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds; free spirits and free individuals.
During his 84-year life Benjamin Franklin was America's best scientist; inventor; publisher; business strategist; diplomat; and writer. He was also one of its most practical political thinkers. America's first great publicist; he carefully crafted his own persona; portrayed it in public and polished it for posterity. In this riveting new biography Walter Isaacson provides readers with a full portrait of Franklin's public and private life - his loyal but neglected wife; his bastard son with whom he broke over going to war with England; his endless replacement families and his many amorous; but probably unconsummated; liaisons. But this is not just a biography of Benjamin Franklin but rather a fascinating look at American and European political history at that time. Isaacson examines the run up to the Revolutionary war; the intimate relations between Britain; France and the colonies and the decisive events that led to America's independence. Just as David McCullough brought life to the historic figure of John Adams; Isaacson portrays Franklin in the flesh; showing readers how this radical man helped define America's national character and personality.
Leonardo Di Vinci
He was historys most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Based on thousands of pages from Leonardos astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work; Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardos genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves; such as passionate curiosity; careful observation; and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history; The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind; he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive; he pursued innovative studies of anatomy; fossils; birds; the heart; flying machines; botany; geology; and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences; made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man; made him historys most creative genius.
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