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Science  27 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6225, pp. 956
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa0848

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In The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Walter Isaacson tells the story of the people who invented the computer and the Internet. From complementary duos like Grace Hopper and Howard Aiken, who developed the first computer that automatically executed long computations, to synergistic rivals like Larry Roberts and Bob Taylor, who worked together to create the global internet precursor, ARPANET, Isaacson argues that "innovation comes from teams more often than from the lightbulb moments of lone geniuses." But how do teams really work? And will "citizen science" change how we think of teamwork in the future?