Newly revised and updated, this new paperback edition of Spirit of the Web is an absorbing, dramatic, and comprehensive history of the development of communications technologies over the past 150 years.
Spirit of the Web provides a fascinating and insightful perspective on the origins of the digital revolution and the history of the Global Village we now inhabit, from vacuum tubes and telegraphs to BlackBerrys and Google IPOs.
Spirit of the Web is an excellent examination, not just of the invention of these technologies, but of their economic, social and cultural impact--fascinating‚ --definitive‚--highly recommended.
A brilliant book. I couldn't put it down.
Remarkable renaissance sweep of imagination-- looks deeply into history to find patterns. Spirit of the Web is an engaging hybrid of popular scholarship: part archive, part science textbook, part philosophy, part polemic about the nature of authority and the control of information in all ages.
Rowland constructs a spirited, stimulating and sophisticated network of stories and accounts of technological inventions and advances, their roots and consequences for humanity, and the personalities that created them.