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History of the Internet : a chronology, 1843 to the present
Moschovitis, Christos J. P.
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
A chronology of telecommunications from Babbage's earliest theories of a "Difference Engine" to the impact of the Internet in 1998 to future trends.
The prehistory of the Internet: 1843-1956 -- From Sputnik to the ARPAnet: 1957-1969 -- What does a network do?: 1970-1978 -- Because it's there: 1979-1984 -- The wild frontier: 1985-1990 -- The World Wide Wonder: 1991-1994 -- Living on Internet time: 1995-1998 -- Future trends.

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TK5105.875.I57 H58 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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A substantive chronology of the different eras in Internet development, from the birth of the telephone and the first modem to the latest microchip refinement and the mouse.

* A substantive chronology is broken into chapters that focus on the different eras in Internet development, from the birth of the telephone to the latest microchip refinement; from the first modem to the innovation of the mouse

* Includes sidebars, special features, and numerous illustrations that highlight important material

Author Notes

Christos J.P. Moschovitis is founder and chairman of the Moschovitis Group and an authority on information technology.

Hilary Poole is a professional writer specializing in high technology and the fine arts.

Tami Schuyler is a professional writer and editor specializing in high technology and life sciences.

Theresa M. Senft is a host at Echo Communications.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This work presents a readable history of perhaps the biggest technological phenomena of this century. The intent, according to the preface, is to weave "together . . . the many strands that make up the history of the Internet: technological, military, educational, corporate, and civilian." The chronology is current through the November 1998 announcement of America Online's plan to purchase Netscape. (To satisfy the curious, the year 1843 saw the publication of Ada Lovelace's Sketch of the Analytical Engine, a work that helped publicize Charles Babbage's ideas.) Each of the first seven chronologically arranged chapters opens with five or six pages giving a descriptive overview of the span of years covered within that chapter, the work features year-by-year entries of key events. The descriptions are quite detailed compared to most chronologies, typically ranging from two hundred to more than eight hundred words per event. Because of the intertwining of the Internet with computers in general, History of the Internet can practically be considered a history of computing. Entries cover such topics as the invention of the transistor, the debut of the Macintosh, Usenet, and the first use of the term cyberspace. In addition to the chronology entries, there are several separate boxed entries in each chapter on such themes as "Biography," "From the Hacker File," "Media History," and "Netspeak." The various biographies feature a "who's who" of computing: Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mitchell Kapor, among others. The work's eighth chapter, "Future Trends," covers such topics as the Microsoft trial, advertising on the Internet, and Internet2. The work concludes with some statistical appendixes, bibliographies for each chapter, a brief glossary, biographies of the four authors, and a detailed index. Black-and-white photographs are scattered throughout the volume. The bibliographies are noteworthy for including recent works as well as historically significant works. Many entries in the bibliography, appropriately enough, are Web sites^-with the caveat that the addresses are current as of January 1999. There are places where the breezy style of the authors almost detracts from the information itself. A section heading in the introduction of chapter 2, for example, is titled "A Sputnik Cocktail: (Two Parts Stolichnaya and One Part Sour Grapes)." The lack of cross-references within the entries themselves is unfortunate. The 1998 entry Linux Operating System Becomes a Cause Celebre, for example, fails to refer the reader to an earlier entry, Linus Torvalds Develops the Linux Operating System, that appears in the 1991 section. One error was spotted--it is stated that the Yahoo! Web directory uses the AltaVista engine when in fact they switched to Inktomi in July 1998. This work can justifiably find a home in the reference collection or in the circulating collection, because an interested layperson could read it cover to cover. Public, academic, and secondary-school libraries looking for a readable, nontechnical history of the Internet will want to purchase this reasonably priced volume. But do so quickly--the Internet is changing as this is written.

Choice Review

This is a readable general history of the Internet for those whose knowledge of this technology is only rudimentary. Although the subtitle promises a sweeping history, the first chapter quickly dispatches the period 1843-1956. The early chapters provide a chronology of the telecommunications industry, the middle chapters pertain to the development of the microcomputer, and the remaining chapters focus on development of the Internet. Fully two-thirds of the work is concerned with Internet developments since 1985, which is understandable considering its recency and rapid evolution. The brief biographies of key personalities are very helpful. The chronological approach is useful, but it is not clear whether the authors designed the book as a reference source or a monograph; probably the latter, judging by its extensive index and prodigious bibliography. The authors could have provided a better glossary. Recommended to general and undergraduate readers who need a broad, nontechnical history of the Internet. J. C. Stachacz; Dickinson College