Network Geeks

How They Built the Internet

  • Brian E. Carpenter

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About this book


The impact on modern society made by the Internet is immeasurable. Yet some questioned “why anyone would want such a thing” when the idea was first introduced.

Part history, part memoir and part cultural study, Network Geeks charts the creation of the Internet and the establishment of the Internet Engineering Task Force, from the viewpoint of a self-proclaimed geek who witnessed these developments first-hand. With boundless enthusiasm and abundant humour, Brian Carpenter leads the reader on a journey from post-war Britain to post-millennium New Zealand, describing how the Internet grew into today’s ubiquitous, global network, including the genesis of the World-Wide Web in the hotbeds of a particle collider at CERN. Illuminating the science and technology behind the apparent “magic trick” of the Internet, Network Geeks opens a window into the initially bewildering world of the Internet engineering geek. After reading this book, you may wish to join this world yourself.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Brian E. Carpenter
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  1. 1.AucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Copernicus, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5024-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5025-1
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