This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today’s most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology. Weaving together his immersive interest in people and history with insights gathered from his own experiences, Stephen Wolfram gives an ennobling look at some of the individuals whose ideas and creations have helped shape our world today. From his recollections about working with Richard Feynman to his insights about how Alan Turing’s work has unleashed generations of innovation to the true role of Ada Lovelace in the history of computing, Wolfram takes the reader into the minds and lives of great thinkers and creators of the past few centuries and shows how great achievements can arise from dramatically different personalities and life trajectories.
One of the most gifted minds of our time explains, through short stories and anecdotes, how individuals fundamentally transform human thought and perspective. Profoundly humane and smart, this short volume will become a classic for those who want to understand and practice leadership. One leaves this read far smarter and far more confident in the future of humans.
JUAN ENRIQUEZ, Author of Evolving Ourselves and As The Future Catches You
Here is a remarkable book with flashes of insight that will engage computer scientists, physicists, historians but also fascinate a broader public as it weaves personal stories into the deep import of how and what they calculated.
PETER GALISON, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University, Author of Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps & coauthor of Objectivity
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