We live in amazing times. But where did all this stuff come from? And by stuff, I mean computers and the internet, and all the amazing platforms like Wikipedia, that exist on the internet. There are many answers to those questions. A common theme is, people who were very good at math. But that includes a woman, crippled by measles, living in the nineteenth century as the daughter of one of the most famous poets of all time, and a man living a hidden homosexual life in an era when that was a criminal offense, leading a team of code-breakers in England during WW2. Those were two of the most famous innovators investigated by Walter Isaacson.
In today's show, you'll also hear about a truly loathsome man who played an indispensable role in the birth of the transistor and the semiconductor. Also, how Wikipedia challenges and rewards collaborative data mining.
- Walter Isaacson is the author of many books, including his most recent, The Innovators: How A Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He’s also the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute