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Inventing the Internet (Inside Technology) Janet Abbate

Inventing the Internet (Inside Technology)

Janet Abbate

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History is written by winners, but Bill Gates isnt talking yet. Those interested in how this weird, wonderful World Wide Web--and its infrastructure--came to be should turn to historian Janet Abbates look at 40 years of innovation in Inventing theMoreHistory is written by winners, but Bill Gates isnt talking yet. Those interested in how this weird, wonderful World Wide Web--and its infrastructure--came to be should turn to historian Janet Abbates look at 40 years of innovation in Inventing the Internet. Peeking behind the curtain to show the personalities and larger forces guiding the development of the Net, from its dawn as a robust military communications network designed to survive multiple attacks to todays commercial Web explosion, Abbate succeeds in demystifying this all-pervasive technology and its creators.Abbates survey covers everything from David Barans work with the RAND corporation to the development of packet-switching theory to CERNs Tim Berners-Lee and his hypertext networking system. She also factors in the influences that caused the Net to evolve such as the Cold War, changing research priorities, and the hacker subculture that pushed existing technologies into new forms, each more and more like todays fast, global communications system.The research is impeccable, the writing is lively, and the analysis is insightful. (See especially the discussion of the surprise hit of ARPANET, a minor function known as e-mail.) Abbate clearly knows her subject and her audience, and Inventing the Internet encapsulates a milestone of modern history. --Rob Lightner