The Restless Mind

Self is about a third of the way through Steve Jobs (If anyone is DYING from all the Steve Jobs quotes and hoping she just moves on, the answer is: newp)

At this point, Jobs has been kicked out of Apple, humiliatingly, by the man he helped install, John Sculley. He’s had temper tantrums culminating in “bursting into tears” right there, in the office, in front of his team.

Let me tell ya, the bursting into tears thing is something Jobs does often. He is so temperamental. There will never, ever be anyone who takes his job as seriously as Jobs did. No, it wasn’t just a job, it was a passion. Self does not think it is anything to be ashamed of.

He takes a time-out by going to Europe with his girlfriend. When he returns to the San Francisco Bay Area, his ever-restless mind leads him to place a call to “the Stanford biochemist Paul Berg to discuss the advances that were being made in gene splicing and recombinant DNA.”

Berg described how difficult it was to do experiments in a biology lab, where it could take weeks to nurture an experiment and get a result. “Why don’t you simulate them on a computer?” Jobs asked.

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, Chapter Eighteen: NeXT

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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