Simon & Schuster will publish Walter Isaacson’s new book The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, this October.
The latest work from the biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin, explores how creativity, science and technology intersects. Here is an excerpt:
The computer and the internet are among the most important innovations of our era, but few people know who created them. They were not conjured up in a garret or garage by solo inventors suitable to be singled out on magazine covers or put into a pantheon with Edison, Bell, and Morse. Instead, most of the innovations of the digital age were done collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and a few even geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, inventors, and entrepreneurs—who they were, how their minds worked, and what made them so creative. It’s also a narrative of how they collaborated and why their ability to work as teams made them even more creative.”