- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Paperback Edition edition (January 21, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684832674
- ISBN-13: 978-0684832678
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Considering that the history of the Internet is perhaps better documented internally than any other technological construct, it is remarkable how shadowy its origins have been to most people, including die-hard Net-denizens!
At last, Hafner and Lyon have written a well-researched story of the origins of the Internet substantiated by extensive interviews with its creators who delve into many interesting details such as the controversy surrounding the adoption of our now beloved "@" sign as the separator of usernames and machine addresses. Essential reading for anyone interested in the past -- and the future -- of the Net specifically, and telecommunications generally. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hafner, coauthor of Cyberpunk, and Lyon, assistant to the president of the University of Texas, here unveil the Sputnik-era beginnings of the Internet, the groundbreaking scientific work that created it and the often eccentric, brilliant scientists and engineers responsible. Originally funded during the Eisenhower administration by IPTO (Information Processing Techniques Office) within the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor, was devised as a way to share far-flung U.S. computer resources at a time when computers were wildly expensive, room-sized bohemoths unable to communicate with any other. The husband-and-wife writing team profile the computer engineering firm of Bolt Baranek and Newman, which produced the original prototypes for ARPANET, and they profile the men (there were virtually no women) and an alphabet soup of agencies, universities and software that made the Internet possible. And while the book attempts to debunk the conventional notion that ARPANET was devised primarily as a communications link that could survive nuclear war (essentially it was not), pioneer developers like Paul Baran (who, along, with British Scientist Donald Davies devised the Internet's innovative packet-switching message technology) recognized the importance of an indestructible message medium in an age edgy over the prospects of global nuclear destruction. The book is excellent at enshrining little known but crucial scientist/administrators like Bob Taylor, Larry Roberts and Joseph Licklider, many of whom laid the groundwork for the computer science industry.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a child of the 1970's and living in a town that had IBM as its largest employer, I remember well the development of the personal computer, the disruption of the mainframe business, and the emergence of the internet during my 1989-1993 college days. It is interesting now to look back as see the forces that were at the cutting edge of that great disruptive force that changed the course of communications. Discussed are items like the development of the Ethernet and TCP/IP - which still form the backbone of many networking technologies.
Interesting, insightful and well written, you will gain much appreciation for the true pioneers of the internet - the (almost 100%) men of ARPA and their progeny - ARPANET - the primal ooze from which the current World Wide Web and networking evolved.
Overall, though, extremely interesting if you want to know the origins of the ARPANET.
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Everybody working on Internet and Networking should read it.