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"One of the things we biographers realize is that we distort history a little bit. We make it sound like there’s some great individual in a garage or a garret who has a light-bulb moment and all of a sudden innovation happens. But when you look at innovation, especially in this day and age, it happens in teams — creativity is a collaborative effort in the digital age. I wanted to get away from writing about the singular individual."
- Walter Isaacson

Isaacson is the author of the 2011 Steve Jobs biography. His new book is The Innovators:  How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. 
He joined Fresh Air to tell us how a 19th century English countess, women mathematicians and programmers of the 1930s and some Silicon Valley hippies changed our world. 


Read more / listen: How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is



Photo: "U.S. Army Photo", number 163-12-62. Left: Patsy Simmers, holding ENIAC board. Next: Mrs. Gail Taylor, holding EDVAC board. Next: Mrs. Milly Beck, holding ORDVAC board. Right: Mrs. Norma Stec, holding BRLESC-I board. View in High-Res

    "One of the things we biographers realize is that we distort history a little bit. We make it sound like there’s some great individual in a garage or a garret who has a light-bulb moment and all of a sudden innovation happens. But when you look at innovation, especially in this day and age, it happens in teams — creativity is a collaborative effort in the digital age. I wanted to get away from writing about the singular individual."

    - Walter Isaacson

    Isaacson is the author of the 2011 Steve Jobs biography. His new book is The Innovators:  How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    He joined Fresh Air to tell us how a 19th century English countess, women mathematicians and programmers of the 1930s and some Silicon Valley hippies changed our world. 

    Read more / listen: How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

    Photo: "U.S. Army Photo", number 163-12-62. Left: Patsy Simmers, holding ENIAC board. Next: Mrs. Gail Taylor, holding EDVAC board. Next: Mrs. Milly Beck, holding ORDVAC board. Right: Mrs. Norma Stec, holding BRLESC-I board.

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  1. As proud citizens of this City of Brotherly Love, we would be remiss not to wish our own Mr. Benjamin Franklin a very happy 397th birthday. Sir, your dictionary of words for “drunk” — as well as some other accomplishments — lives on. We salute you with the above Drunk History of your tangle with that kite and the sky.

    From the ‘B’ section of Franklin’s synonyms for “drunk”:

    His Head is full of Bees,
    Has been in the Bibbing Plot,
    Has drank more than he has bled,
    He’s Bungey,
    He sees the Bears,
    He’s had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone,
    He’s Bridgey.

    Here is Walter Isaacson’s Fresh Air interview on his Franklin biography, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.

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  1. Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday. In honor, here’s Walter Isaacson talking about his biography Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.

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    Steve Jobs: A Computer Icon On Life, Death And Apple View in High-Res

    Steve Jobs: A Computer Icon On Life, Death And Apple

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  1. Tomorrow: biographer Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: biographer Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs

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  1. Steve Jobs on Fresh Air in 1996. [full interview here.] On Tuesday, we’ll talk with Walter Isaacson about his biography “Steve Jobs.”

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