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Republished 15 years later with a new afterword by the author, the book is an excellent slice of "retrospective futurism"--showing how we got to our largely wired world and where we might find ourselves in the future, as well as exploring some might-have-been scenarios that still seemed likely in the '80s. Starting with engaging portraits of such important thinkers as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, and Jon von Neumann, Rheingold swiftly and seamlessly moves into more current affairs, checking out the men and women behind Xerox PARC, ARPANET, Apple, Microsoft, and other cornerstones of today's environment.
Some of the interviewees are less well known than they should be--the immensely popular World Wide Web often overshadows Doug Englebart's ideas, for example--but all have made important contributions to personal computing and networking. Some of the ideas in the book, like expert systems, have floundered somewhat from their creators' original intentions, but the creativity and determination to follow through regardless is inspiring.
Rheingold is adept at showing us how technology can help us shape a better human destiny. Tools for Thought reminds us that today's wild ideas are what bring tomorrow's radical change. --Rob Lightner
...a special book, one of the best histories yet.(Personal Computing)
A solid read.(Washington Post)
This book gives a very good early history of the development of computers and includes some interesting pictures related to this. Read morePublished on October 28, 2011 by John C. Francy
This book (first published in 1985 with an afterward by Rheingold written for the 2000 MIT Press edition) is not about the history or development of computers or the history of... Read morePublished on September 23, 2008 by Sam Adams
This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand computing all the way from the bare metal to the near-future. It ranks with Fred Brooks' "The Mythical Man Month. Read morePublished on May 31, 2000 by N. Carroll