Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 173.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 07:37:37 +0100
From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <email@example.com>
Subject: [New book] on "The History and Future of Mind-Expanding
[Hi, A NEW BOOK IN the field of NEW MEDIA FROM THE MIT PRESS is available
to read by Howard Rheingold, a famous *Avatar* in the Cyberspace, a very
compact and neatly written book. Please stay tuned for his next venture.
At this juncture, I would like to tell you one publication of Mark Stefik,
as "INTERNET DREAMS: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors." Both the books are
highly recommended. Thank you. Best.-Arun]
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 14:05:00 GMT
From: New Media Editorial <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Tools for Thought
The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
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
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.
336 pp., paper ISBN 0-262-68115-3
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