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August 17, 2001

Where Wizards Stay Up Late

Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet, Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon. New York: Simson & Schuster, 1996. A very nice piece of journalism -- this book, based on interviews with the people who invented computer networking and the ARPANET, takes the tone of a good feature story. It begins in the Pentagon during the Eisenhower presidency and ends in 1994, on the 25th anniversary of the installation of the first node in the ARPANET.

I want to assign this book to students in Technology, Change and Communication, but I think I will assign only Chapters 1-5 and then Chapter 8. The history in Chapters 6 and 7 is good and important, but the story becomes less compelling after the first network has been set up and tested.

Posted by macloo at August 17, 2001 09:28 AM
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