Tools for Thought
The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
By (author) Howard Rheingold
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Tools for Thought by Howard Rheingold
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780262681155
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Howard Rheingold
Smart Mobs, Paperback (September 2003)
"A vivid mural of the...new frontier of the mobile Web."-Fast Company
Virtual Community, Paperback (December 2000)» View all books by Howard Rheingold
Howard Rheingold tours the "virtual community" of online networking.
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Author Biography - Howard Rheingold
Howard Rheingold, an influential writer and thinker on social media, is the author of Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology, The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier (both published by the MIT Press), and Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.
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