Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Who invented the computer? Walter Isaacson thinks he knows

Walter Isaacson, aka the biographer of Steve Jobs, is a brilliant writer who long ago became frustrated with his inability to answer two seemingly simple questions:

Who invented the computer?

And who invented the Internet?

Al Gore is the incorrect response.

The answers aren't simple.

Isaacson takes 542 pages in his new book, "The Innovators," to address them, marking breakthroughs in programming languages, chips, transistors, the Internet, personal computers, software and the people behind them.

Tuesday night, he condensed the tome to a one-hour lecture for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs at the Fairmont Chicago...