Bristol Festival of Ideas: Walter Isaacson

24 November 2014, 6.00 PM - 24 November 2014, 6.00 PM

Venue: Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building; Speaker: Walter Isaacson
'The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution'

Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who created the computer and the Internet and how innovation happens. Beginning with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s, Isaacson explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. Along the way he asks the questions: 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?

He explores how innovative minds work and what made them so inventive; their ability to collaborate and the art of teamwork made them even more creative. And he tells us now how the lessons of the digital revolution can foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork in the future.

Walter Isaacson’s new book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (October 2014) is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet and the other great innovations of our time. He is also the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe(2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography(1992), and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine’s 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the  Aspen Institute in 2003.

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