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Science and Story: The History of the Future

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Some of the world’s greatest innovations were accidents. Some were based on mistakes. Few of them were the work of solitary geniuses or individual inventors; not the light bulb, not the telephone, not the printing press, and definitely not the computer. Innovations like the computer and the internet are far more likely to result from collaboration. And that is the story chronicled by Walter Isaacson in The Innovators.

Few writers can capture the essence of scientific and technological genius as compellingly as Walter Isaacson. Following his award-winning best sellers on Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, Isaacson has now authored the best seller The Innovators, a history of the digital revolution and the men and women, many of them largely unknown, who led it. Spanning three centuries, these are the stories of pioneers and visionaries.

The World Science Festival, in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, invites you to join acclaimed journalist John Hockenberry, author Walter Isaacson, and some of today’s leading digital entrepreneurs and innovators including Jenny Lawton of MakerBot® and Kathryn Minshew from TheMuse.com for a fascinating conversation about creativity, success and failure.

A book signing will follow the program.

World Science Festival’s “Science and Story” series gathers the world’s foremost writers and thinkers to discuss how they craft stories that bring the vitality and wonder of science to life.



John HockenberryJournalist

Three-time Peabody Award winner, four-time Emmy Award winner, and Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry has broad experience as a journalist and commentator for more than two decades. Hockenberry is the anchor of the public radio show The Takeaway on WNYC and PRI.

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Walter IsaacsonAuthor, CEO of the Aspen Institute

Walter Isaacson is president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine. Isaacson’s most recent book is The Innovators; he authored Steve Jobs and several other best-selling biographies.

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Jennifer LawtonChief Executive Officer of MakerBot®

Jennifer Lawton is the chief executive officer of MakerBot® and has been responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company.

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Kathryn MinshewCEO and Founder of TheMuse.com

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform and job discovery tool helping 15+ million people find inspiring careers at thoughtful companies.

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