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The Innovators

Walter Isaacson

5 mins

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The Innovators walks you through the history of the digital revolution, showing how it was a combined effort of many creative minds over decades that enabled us to go from huge, clunky machines to the fast, globally-connected devices in your pocket today.


The Innovators

The Innovators

by Walter Isaacson


When a world-class biographer goes on a stroll through history, good things are bound to happen. Walter Isaacson has written stellar biographies of Steve Jobs, Benjamin Franklin, and Albert Einstein. But in 2014, he decided to tackle a slightly different project. He wanted to give a snapshot of the history of our digital revolution for everyone to understand where the technology we use today really comes from.

Above all, The Innovators will show you that true innovation is rarely the result of one person's solo effort, as it's based on collaboration, integration, and incremental improvements. For hundreds of years, people have put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work, so you can hold your smartphone in your hands today.

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Great conceptions are worth little with precision execution.

- Walter Isaacson

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