In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson takes the reader through the human backstories behind some of the digital age’s most significant milestones. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution is an overview of the history of computer science and the Digital Revolution.
The plurality in the title means more than you think, actually, given that digital inventions are rarely solo crusades. You may know Isaacson from his previous work, the Steve Jobs biography. This latest piece gives us a history of an industry growing in importance like no other.
The book summarizes the contributions of several innovators who have made pivotal breakthroughs in computer technology and its applications—from the world’s first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, and Alan Turing’s work in artificial intelligence, through the Information Age of the present