Synopses & Reviews
Twenty five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, twenty million people worldwide are surfing the Net. andlt;Iandgt;Where Wizards Stay Up Lateandlt;/Iandgt; is the exciting story of the pioneers responsible for creating the most talked about, most influential, and most far-reaching communications breakthrough since the invention of the telephone. andlt;BRandgt;In the 1960's, when computers where regarded as mere giant calculators, J.C.R. Licklider at MIT saw them as the ultimate communications devices. With Defense Department funds, he and a band of visionary computer whizzes began work on a nationwide, interlocking network of computers. Taking readers behind the scenes, andlt;Iandgt;Where Wizards Stay Up Lateandlt;/Iandgt; captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.
Lars Eighner andlt;Iandgt;The Texas Observerandlt;/Iandgt; In all the dreck and dross of Internet books, here is a brilliant gem...remarkably well written.
Daniel Akst andlt;Iandgt;Los Angeles Timesandlt;/Iandgt; Important...meticulous...admirably straightforward.
Mark Baechtel andlt;Iandgt;The Washington Postandlt;/Iandgt; Excellent...makes for crackling entertainment...reawakens a sense of wonder in readers jaded by too much Internet hype.
Richard Bernstein andlt;Iandgt;The New York Times Book Reviewandlt;/Iandgt; If you always wanted to know who put the 'at' sign in your E-mail address, then andlt;Iandgt;Where Wizards Stay Up Lateandlt;/Iandgt; is the book for you.
David Plotnikoff andlt;Iandgt;San Jose Mercury Newsandlt;/Iandgt; The book, almost certainly destined to be the definitive work on the birth and early years of the Internet, is sweeping in scope....Whoever chooses to write the next chapter in the saga...has a tough act to follow.
A history of the Internet and the story of the scientists behind its creation describes the 1960s effort funded by the Defense Department and the technologies that contributed to its monumental growth.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -286) and index.
About the Author
Katie Hafnerandlt;/bandgt; is a technology correspondent at andlt;Iandgt;Newsweekandlt;/Iandgt; and coauthor of andlt;Iandgt;Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier.andlt;/Iandgt; Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner are married and live in the San Francisco Bay area.