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1. The innovators [2014]

viii, 542 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
  • Ada, Countess of Lovelace
  • The computer
  • Programming
  • The transistor
  • The microchip
  • Video games
  • The Internet
  • The personal computer
  • Software
  • Online
  • The Web
  • Ada forever.
"Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen"-- Provided by publisher.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-1037-01, LAW-1037-01
xlv, 463 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Varieties of crises and their dates
  • Debt intolerance : the genesis of serial default
  • A global database on financial crises with a long-term view
  • A digression on the theoretical underpinnings of debt crises
  • Cycles of sovereign default on external debt
  • External default through history
  • The stylized facts of domestic debt and default
  • Domestic debt : the missing link explaining external default and high inflation
  • Domestic debt and external default : which is worse? who is senior?
  • Banking crises
  • Default through debasement : an "old world" favorite
  • Inflation and modern currency crashes
  • The U.S. subprime crisis : an international and historical comparison
  • The aftermath of financial crises
  • The international dimensions of the subprime crisis : the results of contagion or common fundamentals?
  • Composite measures of financial turmoil
  • Reflections on early warnings, gradation, policy responses, and the foibles of human nature.
Throughout history, rich and poor countries alike have been lending, borrowing, crashing--and recovering--their way through an extraordinary range of financial crises. Each time, the experts have chimed, "this time is different"--claiming that the old rules of valuation no longer apply and that the new situation bears little similarity to past disasters. With this breakthrough study, leading economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff definitively prove them wrong. Covering sixty-six countries across five continents, This Time Is Different presents a comprehensive look at the varieties of financial crises, and guides us through eight astonishing centuries of government defaults, banking panics, and inflationary spikes--from medieval currency debasements to today's subprime catastrophe. Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, leading economists whose work has been influential in the policy debate concerning the current financial crisis, provocatively argue that financial combustions are universal rites of passage for emerging and established market nations. The authors draw important lessons from history to show us how much--or how little--we have learned. Using clear, sharp analysis and comprehensive data, Reinhart and Rogoff document that financial fallouts occur in clusters and strike with surprisingly consistent frequency, duration, and ferocity. They examine the patterns of currency crashes, high and hyperinflation, and government defaults on international and domestic debts--as well as the cycles in housing and equity prices, capital flows, unemployment, and government revenues around these crises. While countries do weather their financial storms, Reinhart and Rogoff prove that short memories make it all too easy for crises to recur. An important book that will affect policy discussions for a long time to come, This Time Is Different exposes centuries of financial missteps.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691142166 20160605
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-1037-01, LAW-1037-01