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Tools for Thought: The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mit Pr
Publication date April 18, 2000
Pages 359
Binding Paperback
Edition 2 rev sub
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780262681155
ISBN-10 0262681153
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Original list price $32.95
Other format details university press
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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.



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2 rev sub edition from Mit Pr (April 18, 2000)
9780262681155 | details & prices | 359 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $32.95
About: 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.
from Prentice Hall Computer Pub (December 1, 1986)
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About: 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.

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