Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology - The MIT Press (Paperback)
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Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology - The MIT Press (Paperback)

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Paperback 360 Pages / Published: 13/04/2000
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In a highly engaging style, Rheingold tells the story of what he calls the patriarchs, pioneers, and infonauts of the computer, focusing in particular on such pioneers as J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob Taylor, and Alan Kay. The digital revolution did not begin with the teenage millionaires of Silicon Valley, claims Howard Rheingold, but with such early intellectual giants as Charles Babbage, George Boole, and John von Neumann. In a highly engaging style, Rheingold tells the story of what he calls the patriarchs, pioneers, and infonauts of the computer, focusing in particular on such pioneers as J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob Taylor, and Alan Kay. Taking the reader step by step from nineteenth-century mathematics to contemporary computing, he introduces a fascinating collection of eccentrics, mavericks, geniuses, and visionaries. The book was originally published in 1985, and Rheingold's attempt to envision computing in the 1990s turns out to have been remarkably prescient. This edition contains an afterword, in which Rheingold interviews some of the pioneers discussed in the book. As an exercise in what he calls "retrospective futurism," Rheingold also looks back at how he looked forward.

Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
ISBN: 9780262681155
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A solid read. -Washington Post
...a special book, one of the best histories yet. -Personal Computing * Reviews *
A solid read. -Washington Post * Reviews *

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