Twenty-five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, 20 million people worldwide are surfing the Net. Where Wizards Stay Up Late 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.
In the 1960s, 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 listeners behind the scenes, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.
©1996 Katie Hafner (P)2012 Katie Hafner
Get your geek on with this deep look at the origins of what is now the Internet. If you what to examine networking history, is a great audiobook. Loved it!
Not with this narrator
The history of one of the most important technologies of the last 60 years
He has a monotone voice and almost no vocal range. It's like listening to my accountant uncle read a book I really want to read for myself.
Compared to a few other computer-history books I've bought recently, Especially Hackers by Steven Levy, and When Computing Got Personal by Matthew Nicholson, this book reads like an extended Wikipedia page. Extraordinarily lifeless and flat.
Not only a gripping read, but beautifully researched, and organized. Having lived through most of the advances covered in this book, I still learned a lot. I don't see this often enough where the authors covered the why of each advance and the missteps, rather than simply reporting the technical milestones. I've listened to this book three times so far.
If you ever wanted to learn about the founding fathers of the internet and where there ideas actually came from this is as good as it gets. The authors also do a remarkable job of explaining the technical details in a way very easy for layman like myself to understand. Nelson's narration is overall great too. Recommended!
Ok, I'm not going to say it was riveting. There's not much intrigue, and the characters and subplots are many and various. But it's an important and pretty well written history, and lots of later books seem to reference it.
The book brought back my memories of comunacations tech in mid sixties, and high tech thru my 45 years as an Army Calibration Technician & Specialist both military and civilian.
Knowing about the origins of computing and the internet is something that hasn't been made that we'll known, even to people with an interest in technology.
I found the story fascinating, and often listened to bits of the story a couple times just to get the facts right.
The book mixes social, personal and technical aspects of the early days of computer networking - the people and the personalities behind it all really shine out. Whilst the subject is matter is technical the book should be accessible to non technical readers as it doesn't go too heavily into the technical aspects, a basic understanding of networking would help you get more out of the book though.
A great look at how it all got started, it's hard to believe how basic the Internet was in its earlier years.
"Interesting and informative"
The depth of the information.
The long and interesting history of packet switching and the origins of today's Internet.
Highly recommended for anyone wanting an in-depth and very detailed history of the origins of modern communication technology (e.g. packet switching) from which the Internet came to be. However, if you just want a light history of the Internet, this is probably a bit too detailed.
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