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42 StarsReaders can infer a number of salient points from this xcellent history of digital innovation but the main takeaway for me was this innovative ideas are like digestive systems nothing comes from them unless they get a big push from an assholeOkay so the author would probably suggest that his REAL overarching theme is that innovation is driven not by lone geniuses but by collaborative teams that provide an ideal mix of vision Stepdog engineering andxecution but hey that doesn t mean that the aforementioned point is NOT true see for Another Way Home example Jobs Steve In tracing the path of key digital innovations from bulky room size computers that could crunch differentialuations at astonishing speeds to sleek personal computers and from proprietary government funded interconnected academic networks to the all you can at porn buffet of today s Internet Isaacson persuasively hammers home that theme More intriguingly however he suggests that these innovations were driven not by pure technologists but by people who understood the need to balance technical proficiency with an appreciation and application of the arts From Ada Lovelace First Lady of Computing offspring of that rapscallion Lord Byron all around saucy minx to the aforementioned Steve Jobs intuitive design genius turtleneck aficionado colossal a hole the people who have led us into the digital age have understood that both poetry and mathematical uations are ually if differently beautiful Given that I m the type of person Isaacson gently scolds in his conclusion that is a humanities person who takes pride in his lack of math aptitude this idea is what resonated with me the most Reading this book made me yearn to pick up a physics textbook and try to crack the code of the universe to understand the beauty of algebraic xpression to see the art that goes into a perfect line of code Isaacson is a tremendous chronicler of history I strongly recommend his Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts) elouent and insightful Benjamin Franklin An American Life as well as hisngaging Einstein His Life and Universe and while this hopscotch sort of narrative doesn t afford him the same opportunity to dive deeply into his subjects as he does in his magnificent biographies he does his themes justice Antarctica even if he leaves you wanting a little bit about certain individuals It also makes you want Mountain Dew candy bars and pizza you know the staples of the coder diet 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 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 Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America editing Isaacson travels through time specifically since the pre WWIIra to the present to offer tales of innovative ideas that built on one another Things the reader would take for granted become major vents and received xcellent 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 ntire 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 but strict innovators who seek to add a niche to a larger that takes place in an volutionary 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 passes out the praise to all those who 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 nsconced in their fields The reader can 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 An ver growing collection of others appears at 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 The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980 early homebrew groups contending ideologically with Gates and Jobs is good too Isaacson s overt theses are that collaboration not isolated geniuses account for progress and innovation Secondly he makes a case for why artificial intelligencecomputing combined with human intelligence is much powerful than just computers1st read 10162014 10262014What a pleasure An absolute pleasure of a readThis book is all about the history of computing and the people behind it all There was a time when kids grew up taking apart and putting together HAM radios and getting chemistry sets with cubes of germanium inside This book made me a bit jealous of that basic understanding of technology and I have to admit that after the reading the portion on diodes semiconductors and microchips I spent anntire Saturday online learning about the basic physics and chemistry involved in that process Then I went back and reread the sections and I felt better about my understanding of the history and the scienceIsaacson is great at bringing these hackers and geeks to life Alan Turin Grace Hopper Vannevar Bush John Mauchly Ev Williams A lot of new heroes were brought to life for me reading this book I d recommend this to anyone who has Confession ever felt that gnawing feeling about not uite understanding the basics about the digital world that surrounds us For me this was a great tour that inspired me to dig deeper into some of the science and appreciate of the historySome ket takeaways1 One theme present in most of the breakthroughs was a form of collaboration or batting around of ideas Sparks come from ideas rubbing againstach other rather than as bolts right out of the blue That is the way that good ideas often blossom a bumblebee brings half an idea from one realm През 2011 Уолтър Айзъксън запозна света с живота на Стив Айзъксън запозна света с живота на Стив чрез биографията която се превърна в глобален феномен и стана една от най купуваните нехудожествени книги в историята на човечеството В новия си шедьовър „Иноваторите” писателят разкрива вълнуващите истории на пионерите на дигиталната революция без които не биха съществували нито Джобс нито компютрите и интернет Ако искате да научите как се раждат иновациите и как сътрудничеството е свързано с креативността „Иноваторите” ще ви завладее Какво е креативността Как визионерските идеи стават реалност„Иноваторите” е новият шедьовър от автора на биографията за Стив Джобс –Уолтър Айзъксън Книгата ни запознава с вълнуващия живот на пионерите на дигиталната революция създали компютрите и интернет Всичко. ,

Nd pollinates another fertile realm filled with half formed innovations 2 As Vannevar Bush points out there is strength in the triangle of military industrial and academic research The government should fund and help nhance hybrid research centers that mulate Bell Labs RAND Stanford Research Institute and Xerox PARC Basic research is a necessity for continued breakthrough innovation On top of all this the crowd open source is a necessary competitor with private tech This is a healthy rivalry and moves us forward3 The best innovators are the ones that stand at the intersection of the arts and the sciences 4 Electronsprotons AndOr gates with diodes and resistors are the basic building blocs of all of our digital devices To this very moment that is the way very single digital device on the planet works at its most basic level Steve WozniakOnce you ve made something with wire and nails when someone says a chip or circuit has a relay you feel confident using it because you know you could make one Now kids get a MacBook and regard it as an appliance They treat it like a refrigerator and xpect it to be filled with good things but they don t know how it works They don t fully understand what I knew and my parents knew which was what you could do with a computer was limited only by your imagination Tim Berners Lee5 Social and collaboration is the under riding theme of the internet and personal computer Starting with The Well through to Medium today6 The internet could ve been radically different if it would ve been Curators of the Buddha established with two way links Look at pages 418 4197 The most productive teams are those that brought together teams with a wide array ofxpertise both theoretical and applied8 Physical proximity is always best people should have to bump into Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family each other and rub off onach other9 If you want to make money it s all about Cezanne a Study of His Development execution Pretty good ideas are a dime a dozen andven brilliant ideas are not worth much if you can t get your team to build it rightThings I d like to rememberMan Vannevar Bush is cool Read his As We May Think article from 1945 It s kind of like the manual for You Owe Me One everything that happened over the next sixty years and I bet there are still dozens of his predictions still waiting to bexecuted on When I got a copy of Vannevar Bush s As We May Thing I said to myself Yep there it is He figured it out Bush Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture envisioned the Internet as fully as you could given that you didn t have digital computers Marc AndreessenThe science behind a diode and a semiconductor is super tricky I spent six hours last Saturday reading and watching Youtube videos about silicon germanium boron arsenic pnp npn diodeslectricity and a triodesemiconductor I still would like to see a big one in action and get a walk through of a real life Obsession: An Erotic Tale example of how it stores a charge and how that charge can be used for Boolean logic processing because I don t fully understand it yet My kids should learn aboutlectronics by playing with radios and transistorsMy kids should get to play with safe chemicalsMy kids should learn to code with an Arduino or whatever the Confederate Cities: The Urban South during the Civil War Era euivalent is when they are oldnoughMy kids should be around other kids that are making things robots programs Convents and the Body Politic in Late Renaissance Venice etcSend kids to a Montessori school both Sergey Brin and Larry Page attribute theirarly growth to Montessori schooling than their parents styleKids should learn physics Kids should get Edicts of Asoka exposure to the arts and should bencouraged to Upgrade Soul embrace the intersection not one particular street All of the above things that my kids should learn should be things I know about and can do with them 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 funntertaining 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 really njoyed an arlier 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 and Elizabeth I: Translations, 1544-1589 ends up being less than satisfying Inded up understanding the life of the First Personality Covered In personality covered in book Ada Lovelace but not much Dolphin Confidential: Confessions of a Field Biologist else Perhaps if the author had not tried to coververy single person he considers to be an innovator and to go into depth about the most interesting biographies it might have been better 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 njoyed 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 and ntrepreneurs who made the volution possible makes for Imaginary Runner exciting readingven if you are not technically oriented That s because it s a human 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 But the main lesson to draw from the birth of computers is that innovation is usually a group effort involving collaboration between visionaries and ngineers and that creativity comes from drawing on many sources involving collaboration between visionaries and ngineers and that creativity comes from drawing on many sources 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 njoyable 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 the French Daguerreotypes eccentricities 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 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 somextra 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 hit. започва с графиня Ада Лъвлейс дъщерята на лорд Байрон която става първият програмист още през ХIХ век и продължава с впечатляващите личности Ванивър Буш Алан Тюринг Джон фон Нойман Джон Ликлайдър Дъг Енгелбърт Джон Атанасов Робърт Нойс Бил Гейтс Стив Возняк Стив Джобс Тим Бърнърс Лий Лари ПейджКак работи умът на гениитеАвторът увлекателно рисува идейния свят на тези изключителни новатори сменя умело гледната точка а дълбокият му личен интерес към темата калейдоскопично разкрива постепенното развитие на 10 те най съществени иновации на цифровата ера Книгата надниква в мислите на иноваторите разкрива защо са толкова изобретателни и показва как способността им да си сътрудничат ги прави още по успешниИновациите се раждат там където изкуството докосва наукатаВ наши. S all of the main highlights of the development of digital technology from Ada Lovelace to Google In terms of new contributions his treatment 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 From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies That Everyone Can Read elsewhere For instance the book notes that both parents of Tim Berners Lee inventor of the web were computer programmers and that TBL was anlectronics 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 xtremely presentist in that it privileges things that are our technology today Thus people like Jef Raskin and Ted Nelson are ssentially 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 Doris Salcedo 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 Twelve Days of Pleasure etc the dominant model has been publication as Isaacson rightly points out from his personalxperience diting 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 the arly 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 Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye 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 Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France 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 Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild editors 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 andlsewhere 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 three ways that teams were put together in the digital age 482 Sorry you can t have your lumping claim and then at the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets end 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 thend 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 Electromyography for Experimentalists either because Isaacson is interestednough in the losers to mention them His book would have been immensely richer by giving them their due to the tune of perhaps have been immensely richer by giving them their due to the tune of perhaps additional pages over the whole book 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 ntirely It seemed funny at the time but it was ntirely 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 very asy 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 nd up neck deep within mathematical theoryI find the story of how we got from a Victorian polymath to the current ver xpanding technologies of today deeply fascinating I love how the author shows how it was such a collaborative Wicked Loving Lies effort 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 antistablishment 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 La heredera del mar earliest 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 firstlectronic stored program computerBut I m nitpicking I really njoyed reading The Innovators and learning about all these incredible people I was specially 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 still xcluded 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. дни иновациите креативността и съвместната работа са ключът към успеха във всяко начинание а „Иноваторите” показва какъв път е извървян за да се стигне до тази истина Потопил се за няколко години в житейските истории на тези гениални изобретатели Айзъксън майсторски разкрива как в екип където приоритет са познанията творческият размах и споделянето на идеи се раждат великите откриватели и артистите на бъдещето Уолтър Айзъксън е автор на биографиите на Стив Джобс Айнщайн Кисинджър и Бенджамин Франклин а в съавторство с Еван Томас е написал „Мъдрите хора Шестима приятели и създаденият от тях свят” Има дългогодишен опит като председател на CNN и отговорен редактор на списание Time а понастоящем е изпълнителен директор на „Аспен”Живее със съпругата си във Вашингтон.

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