Book talk with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson

November 24, 2014  • Socrates Program

A book talk with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson on his book The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks created the Digital Revolution (2014).

The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is a history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

Isaacson explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, 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 inventive. 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, The Innovators shows how they happen.