20 Best Biographies For Tech-Minded Students
It's hard not to be a techie these days. With the pervasiveness of gadgetry in our everyday lives, our brains are crammed with "Gb," "BIOS," and "OLED." Chances are good that now, more than ever before, the stories of the men and women who paved the way for today's technology, and the people who are now exploiting those works in new and fascinating ways, will appeal to more than just students who are early adopters. If you consider yourself at all tech-savvy, here are the 20 best biographies you'll want to check out.
1. "Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker" by Kevin Mitnick and William L. SimonKevin Mitnick was the Frank Abignale of computer hacking. This fascinating story is his account of his incredible run from the Feds while cracking into the databases of such big names as Sun Microsystems and Motorola.
2. "Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire" by James Wallace and Jim EricksonThe landscape has changed since Bill Gates stood atop the computing world, but this exposé is still a fascinating look into the life of one of the most driven, most powerful, and most feared men Silicon Valley has ever seen.
3. "iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It" by Steve Wozniak and Gina SmithYou probably wouldn't be reading this in front of a personal computer if not for "The Woz." Techies will love this story of a computing pioneer who had the mind of a scientist and the heart of an artist.
5. "Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond" by Nancy Conrad and Howard A. KlausnerNothing is more high-tech than NASA. In this entertaining read, the screenwriter behind Space Cowboys brings to life the story of the real "Space Cowboy," larger-than-life astronaut Pete Conrad.
11. "The Engelbart Hypothesis: Dialogs with Douglas Engelbart" by Valerie Landau, Eileen Clegg, and Douglas EngelbartProbably without realizing it, you got to this website courtesy of Doug Engelbart. This great bio of the inventor of the mouse reveals the genius behind a visionary inventor and problem-solver.
13. "The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: *God Doesn't Think He's Larry Ellison" by Mike WilsonCo-founding a software company has made Larry Ellison one of the richest (and most tabloid-worthy) men in America. Wilson starts with a catchy title and keeps that momentum going throughout the book. gadgets in movie (and literary) history. Now get the story behind Bond's creator Ian Fleming, himself a one-time intelligence officer, and the real-life people who inspired one of Hollywood's longest-running heroes.
20. "The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World" by Randall E. StrossThe story of America's most well-known and celebrated inventor is in good hands with writer Randall Stross. To be a good techie or just learn a little important history, there's no better place to look. This article was first posted on Online College.
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