Who invented television, desktop nuclear fusion, and made major contributions to the development of radar, the electron microscope, and numerous other major developments? Scott Locklin profiles Philo T. Farnsworth, whom he characterizes as “the last great American inventor”. I should also point out that Mr. Locklin has a very low opinion of software development as invention.
I think that’s right. Most software is better thought of as literature than invention and, sadly, literature written by someone who’s never read a book.