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Network Geeks

How They Built the Internet

Volume package: Copernicus

Carpenter, Brian E

2013, IX, 161 p. 15 illus.

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  • An entertaining and accessible account of the creation of the Internet
  • Written from first-hand experience of working on the development of the Internet in Europe
  • Explains the science and technology in simple and easy-to-understand language

The impact on modern society made by the Internet is immeasurable. Yet some questioned “why anyone would want such a thing” when the idea was first introduced.

Part history, part memoir and part cultural study, Network Geeks charts the creation of the Internet and the establishment of the Internet Engineering Task Force, from the viewpoint of a self-proclaimed geek who witnessed these developments first-hand. With boundless enthusiasm and abundant humour, Brian Carpenter leads the reader on a journey from post-war Britain to post-millennium New Zealand, describing how the Internet grew into today’s ubiquitous, global network, including the genesis of the World-Wide Web in the hotbeds of a particle collider at CERN. Illuminating the science and technology behind the apparent “magic trick” of the Internet, Network Geeks opens a window into the initially bewildering world of the Internet engineering geek. After reading this book, you may wish to join this world yourself.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » CERN - History of Information Processing - Internet Infrastructure - The Internet

Related subjects » Database Management & Information Retrieval - General Issues - Popular Science

Table of contents 

Hey Folks!

Before My Time

Where Do Geeks Come From?

Going Up

In Control

Two Ivory Towers

Diversity

Economy Class

Parallel Universes

The Years of Miraculous Growth

Going Under

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