Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 19, 1999 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Twenty five years ago, it didn't exist. Today, twenty 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 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, Where Wizards Stay Up Late captures the hard work, genius, and happy accidents of their daring, stunningly successful venture.

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Hafner (coauthor of Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, LJ 6/1/91) and Lyon tell the fascinating story of some extraordinary computer scientists who, with the Department of ... Read full review

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Where Wizards stay up late, by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon, is a very interesting novel considering it is not so much as a novel in the traditional sense. The book starts in the 1960s where the internet is completely non-existent. From there it begins the telling of the eventual creation of the internet. Instead of just focusing on the internet itself, the book includes a lot of information about the time periods it covers. From pre to post cold war, it offers and interesting and factual inside look to the race of technology at the time and the precursors to the internet’s creation. However the book does not bog the reader down with frivolous details, instead giving an enjoyable story approach. Readers will definitely appreciate reading this book, as it will give them an interesting way learning about where the internet and computers came from. As well as the evolution of technology from big to small, the book gives knowledge about the scientists behind the internet’s creation like Joseph Licklider, Bob Taylor and Larry Roberts. Without these individuals, it could have been years more before anything like the internet ever was imagined, let alone created. The foundation made by these scientists was fundamental, and the journey of how it happened is a very interesting and informative one, thanks to this book.  

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Katie Hafner is a technology correspondent at Newsweek and coauthor of Cyberpunk: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier. Matthew Lyon and Katie Hafner are married and live in the San Francisco Bay area.

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