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Walter Isaacson: Diversity Spurs Creativity, Urban Innovation

We know that large cities are hubs for innovation, and that as more of the world's population continues to move to and depend upon cities, it is important that we cultivate diverse ecosystems that stimulate the creativity that leadsShow More Summary

Former Apple CEO John Sculley says Steve Jobs cried at the office and that it was one reason people loved working for him

Steve Jobs — as brilliant as he was — is sometimes remembered for his not-so-nice side. For example, he often told his engineers, "This is s---" when reviewing their work, according to Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve. But former...Show More Summary

Walter Isaacson: Saving the News Industry in Two Simple (But Not Easy) Steps

Can the news industry be saved? Yes, in two simple steps, says Walter Isaacson. Simple but not easy. Isaacson, Harvard '78, returned in triumph to Cambridge Thursday night to accept the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence, awarded by the Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Show More Summary

Why Is General Relativity So Damn Hard to Understand?

Bob Somerby is reading Walter Isaacson's biography of Albert Einstein, which he calls "a pleasure to read." Except for one thing: Isaacson's description of the theory of relativity is incomprehensible. For example: The passage shownShow More Summary

‘Steve Jobs’ biopic now available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD

5 months agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Steve Jobs, the official Sony biopic film for Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography, received a muted response at the box office. The film received decent reviews from critics with an engaging story and unique approach to filming and movie-making, with Aaron Sorkin conjuring the plot around just three Steve Jobs product keynotes. If you didn’t get the chance (or chose […]

Haven’t watched Steve Jobs yet? Read the script here

8 months agoTechnology / Apple : Cult Of Mac

Based on the sadly dismal box office cash it’s failed to drum up, statistically few of you have seen Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s semi-biopic based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling 2011 biography of Apple’s late CEO. Well, if you want to get a taste of what you’re missing — or simply want to revisit […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

Flattering rich people for fun and profit

Earlier on Twitter I wrote about how flattering rich people in writing can be very profitable. An example of that is Walter Isaacson's book about Steve Jobs. He convinced Steve to let him be his official biographer. But Isaacson is a technology neophyte. Show More Summary

Walter Isaacson Explains Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in Under Three Minutes

9 months agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (as well as the Steve Jobs book), explains Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity in under three minutes in a video produced by Fusion. One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein completed his general theory of relativity, which explains how the gravitational force works. This made Einstein […]

Why Steve Jobs Came Dead-on-Arrival at the Box Office

I awaited few fall releases with more anticipation than Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle directed, Aaron Sorkin penned film based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography. After all, as they say at Nate'n Al deli in Beverly Hills, "what's not to like" about that team? Walter is the Harvard/Oxford educated historian with a c.v. Show More Summary

Entrepreneurship and the Steve Jobs movie

(October 28, 2015 07:04 AM, by Alberto Mingardi) I've watched the "Steve Jobs" movie (what a movie!) and I'd like to share a couple of thoughts. The movie is not a substitute for the monumental biography by Walter Isaacson (another book which has been on my bedside table... (0 COMMENTS)

Separating fact from fiction in Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' film

Aaron Sorkin's big screen retelling of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography is engaging, entertaining and comes highly recommended, but I am concerned audiences will think what they see on screen is factually accurate. It's not.

Steve Jobs movie director declares Apple has ‘terrifying power’

10 months agoTechnology / Apple : 9 to 5 Mac

Despite the film being based on Walter Isaacson’s authorized Steve Jobs biography, the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-written biopic telling the story of the late Apple co-founder isn’t being totally welcomed by Tim Cook and company. As we’ve seen play out over the last few weeks, the Apple CEO called recent movies including Sorkin’s that depict Jobs in […]

Danny Boyle And Aaron Sorkin On Steve Jobs: “Deep Down, Steve Felt Himself To Be Flawed”

While Steve Jobs has already been depicted several times on film, I think it’s fair to say that Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs is the Big One, at least for now. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s Jobs biography, with a writer and director who have both won Oscars — Aaron Sorkin took home Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network, while Danny Boyle won… Read More

Why Your Favorite Apple Fanboy Will Hate the Steve Jobs Movie

10 months agoSociety & Culture : The Awl

Steve Jobs is a three-act play written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, whose facts, such as they are, largely come from Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of the same name. It is a superbly acted drama, but by far the most dramatic thing about it will be the internet’s reaction when it goes […]

Steve Jobs' widow 'repeatedly tried to kill' the new movie about his life (AAPL)

Laurene Powell Jobs was unhappy with production of the new movie "Steve Jobs," which is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of her late husband, The Wall Street Journal reports. Powell Jobs was so unhappy with the movie, in fact, that she reportedly "tried to kill" it multiple times. Show More Summary

Walter Isaacson Turns Down Offer To Be Librarian Of Congress: Report

10 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

A source told Politico that the 63-year-old Isaacson – former chairman and CEO of CNN, former managing editor of Time, currently president of the Aspen Institute, and author of admired biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Steve Jobs – was approached by the White House about the job and declined.

Apple made the right decision to end this top-secret project

For years, analysts, pundits, and Apple-watchers thought that it was only a matter of time until Apple released its own television set. After all, before he died in 2011, Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson, who wrote "Steve...Show More Summary

Can the New Apple TV Finally Smarten the Living Room?

11 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Shortly before he died, Steve Jobs told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked it,” meaning the perfect television user interface. Today, four years later, Apple realized Job’s vision, announcing the fourth generation of its Apple TV. While the Apple TV wants to be the only device you need [...]

Apple just announced a product that Steve Jobs famously hated (AAPL)

Apple has unveiled a product that Steve Jobs hated. That's right — it's building a stylus. The late Apple cofounder's disgust for styluses was notorious. He once told his biographer Walter Isaacson that "as soon as you have a stylus,...Show More Summary

Mahi de Silva, CEO of Opera Mediaworks, Discusses Transformational Growth

I am re-reading Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. The first time I read the book I wanted to learn about the man behind the black turtle neck. But for the 2nd reading I am focused on learning what made Apple such a successful company.Show More Summary

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