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by Wiebe E. Bijker,W. Bernard Carlson,Trevor Pinch,Janet Abbate

Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet's design and use.

Since the late 1960s the Internet has grown from a single experimental network serving a dozen sites in the United States to a network of networks linking millions of computers worldwide. In Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internets design and use. The story she unfolds is an often twisting tale of collaboration and conflict among a remarkable variety of players, including government and military agencies, computer scientists in academia and industry, graduate students, telecommunications companies, standards organizations, and network users.

The story starts with the early networking breakthroughs formulated in Cold War think tanks and realized in the Defense Department's creation of the ARPANET. It ends with the emergence of the Internet and its rapid and seemingly chaotic growth. Abbate looks at how academic and military influences and attitudes shaped both networks; how the usual lines between producer and user of a technology were crossed with interesting and unique results; and how later users invented their own very successful applications, such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web. She concludes that such applications continue the trend of decentralized, user-driven development that has characterized the Internet's entire history and that the key to the Internet's success has been a commitment to flexibility and diversity, both in technical design and in organizational culture.

Download Inventing the Internet (Inside Technology) epub
ISBN: 0262511150
ISBN13: 978-0262511155
Category: Technology
Subcategory: Networking & Cloud Computing
Author: Wiebe E. Bijker,W. Bernard Carlson,Trevor Pinch,Janet Abbate
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; 58839th edition (July 31, 2000)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1950 kb
FB2 size: 1740 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 557
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Probably the best book on the how the Internet came about. The real story is from the late 50's thru the late 70's.when an amazing confluence of personalities catalyzed a unique mix of talent. For example, consider that much of it's original late 60's implementation (as the Arpanet) was done by grad students in the anti-Vietnam climate, yet all supported by DOD money. And their work implemented the ideas of Baron at Rand in the early 60's and the essentially mathematical talent of Kleinrock in his 1962 MIT doctoral thesis (which evolved into his leadership of UCLA 's seminal Arpanet role). That's a vignette of the history. For those who are curious and thoughtful, Abbate's uncommonly well-researched book comprehensively illuminates the unique confluence of factors that sowed and reaped the Internet. I found the book compelling; those just looking for a few quick anecdotes may prefer a magazine article..
This is my favorite book on the history of the internet. It's not very long, but it is written well.
Easy to read sometimes technical book about what is a rather complex subject.
Tyler Is Not Here
Just the right combination of technical description, politics and personal interaction. It works for me. However, I would rather just rate this book, than to cook up some barely competent description of it. Who cares what I think, beyond the fact that I found it a great read?
too many acronyms. very dense. not easy reading.
lucky kitten
Very technical and hard to follow.
concise, useful, well written, no one will regret having read this, not very large, just what is good, i recommend
The is the best book I have read about the early history of the Internet. Based on correspondence and interviews with the key people, Abbate provides clear answers to many of the questions that surround that history. For example, to what extent was the research supported by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency responsible for how the Internet evolved and to what extent was ARPA's support driven by military/defense concerns? How did the TCP/IP protocols win out over the proprietary networks developed by the big computer companies? How did the ARPANET become the Internet (evolving from a network of defense contractors to a network for businesses and individuals)? This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how we got here.