The Innovators (book)

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The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
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AuthorWalter Isaacson
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
October 7, 2014
Media typeE-book, print (hardback and paperback), audiobook
Preceded bySteve Jobs 
Followed byLeonardo Da Vinci 

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. It was written by Walter Isaacson, and published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.

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.[1][2]


In December 2015, Simon & Schuster published a revised electronic edition of The Innovators, which corrected significant errors and omissions in the original edition's Chapter 9, which covers Software. Isaacson – who in researching the book interviewed Bill Gates but not Paul Allen – had assigned virtually all credit for the company's early innovations and success to Gates, when in fact they were the product of highly collaborative efforts by several people, including Allen. In the revised edition, among other edits, Isaacson includes archival material from 1981 in which Gates credits Allen for being the “idea man” in charge of R&D at Microsoft, while he, Gates, was “the frontman running the business.”[3]

In the 2019 three-part Netflix docuseries, Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates, this conflict is briefly mentioned by who appears to be Gates's secretary as she goes over the books that Gates was reading at the time of recording.

Isaacson explains in his book that, as he was writing about Wikipedia and how it worked, he decided that his book should be collectively examined in a Wikipedia manner. A draft was hence uploaded on Medium, allowing thousands of readers to make dozens of comments to correct and improve the book.

Innovators by chapter[edit]

Innovators discussed in the book by chapter:

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  1. ^ "Interview with Walter Isaacson (with transcript)". Charlie Rose. PBS. October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  2. ^ The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. 7 October 2014. ISBN 9781442376229. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  3. ^ Isaacson, Walter (December 2015). The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1471138799.

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