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.
©1996 Katie Hafner (P)2012 Katie Hafner
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5 out of 5 stars
By Vernon on 28-05-16

interesting

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ash on 25-05-16

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Dan Collins on 12-07-17

Love From a Techie

This book will appeal to technically versed people who are interested not only in the history of the internet but also in the inner-workings of networks and how the various protocols of the internet (TCP, TCP/IP, FTP, SMTP, etc) came into existence.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elsa Braun on 01-10-16

Absolutely fascinating and we'll researched

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.

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