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.
Rightly recognized as a canonical text for those interested in how the Internet came to be. Hafner interviews many of the engineers and bureaucrats who helped build the network of networks. Emphasis is more on the hardware, but enough of how the culture developed for those interested in that side of things....Continua