Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?
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Steve Wozniak, the mastermind behind Apple, casts off his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time. His new book, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way, provides a firsthand account of the humanist inventor who ignited the computer revolution with the invention of the first true personal computer, the Apple I.
Steve Wozniak is the founder and CEO of Apple Computer, Inc. In an interview conducted by Robert Krulwich, a correspondent for NPR¿s Science Desk, Wozniak shares his early experiences with engineering, discusses his career dreams of working for Hewlett Packard and his fascination with circuitry and computer design, while reflecting with humor and insight about the friends and colleagues who encouraged and challenged him along the fascinating road to success.