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Title:
How the Web was born : the story of the World Wide Web
Author:
Gillies, James.
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
List of plates -- List of figures -- 1. The foundations -- 2. Setting the scene at CERN -- 3. Bits and PCs -- 4. Enquire within upon everything -- 5. What are we going to call this thing? -- 6. Sharing what we know -- 7. The beginning of the future -- 8. It's official -- Epilogue -- Time line -- The cast (abridged) -- Bibliography and notes on sources -- List of acronyms -- Index.
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ISBN:
9780192862075
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Book

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Summary

'This is a scholarly work for the price of a novel' -Gareth Price'It is not a light read but it is a good one!' -David Coleman, Multimedia Information and Technology, February 2001'excellent book' -New Scientist 30/9/00'a good read' -Glasgow Herald, 22/9/00


Author Notes

James Gillies is a professional science writer at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. Robert Cailliau is Head of the Web office at CERN, and one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web.


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If ever a book had the correct title, this is the one. It contains the who, what, where, when, and how of the World Wide Web. Cailliau and Gillies (CERN, Paris) offer a complex story beginning with the pieces that had to be in place, like the Internet, TCP/IP, and hypermedia, before the Web could be born. The story is carefully laid out in eight well-organized chapters that lead the reader through the development of those pieces. But this book is more than just a good read; it is also an excellent resource. Besides a very useful index, there is a chapter-by-chapter listing of references. Many will find the three additional items at the end of the book extremely useful. First, there is a time line extending back to 1935, showing when the major components of computers, networking, and hypermedia came into existence. Second, there is a ten-page listing of the names of many people who played significant roles in the development of the Web. Finally, there is a six-page listing of the alphabet soup of acronyms that dot the landscape of computing, networking, and hypermedia. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. J. Beidler University of Scranton


Table of Contents

Prologue
1 The Foundations
2 Setting the Scene at CERN
3 Enquire Within Upon Everything
4 False Beginnings
5 So What Are We Going to Call This Thing?
6 The Next Step
7 Going Public
8 Fleeing the Nest
9 It's Official
Epilogue
Index