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- A Journey to the Center of the Internet
- By: Andrew Blum
- Narrated by: Andrew Blum
- Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Almost everything about our day-to-day lives - and the broader scheme of human culture - can be found on the Internet. But what is it physically? And where is it really? Our mental map of the network is as blank as the map of the ocean that Columbus carried on his first Atlantic voyage. The Internet, its material nuts and bolts, is an unexplored territory. Until now. In Tubes, Andrew Blum goes inside the Internet's physical infrastructure and flips on the lights, revealing a fresh look at the online world we think we know.
Don't listen to this while driving
- By Amazon Customer on 06-24-12
Great introductory listen for a tech and/or history buff
This is great for a technical layman that is interested in learning a condensed history of the internet. If you are already familiar with the basic components & history of networking and the internet it may also be useful as you get to see through the eyes of a layman discovering the physical nodes that make-up the system. I wish that the author had an additional chapter, however, giving a brief summary describing the theoretical futures of the internet. Specifically, how applied quantum physics may one day replace fiber optics and how bringing fast & reliable connections to developing nations can and will change the world as we know it.