Where Wizards Stay Up Late

  • by Katie Hafner, Matthew Lyon
  • Narrated by Mark Douglas Nelson
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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.

Loved it!
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- Vernon

Absolutely fascinating.

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.
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- Ash

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-12-2012
  • Publisher: Katie Hafner