Where Wizards Stay Up Late

The Origins of The Internet

Where Wizards Stay Up Late chronicles the origins of the Internet, the most important communications breakthrough since the telephone. At a time when computers were mainly used as processing machines, one man, J.C.R. Licklider, a psychoacoustician from MIT, saw their potential as communication devices. With the help of a small group of engineers and researchers, Licklider’s vision eventually yielded the Arpanet, which in turn created the foundation for the Internet we know today.

Praise & Reviews

“The book, almost certainly destined to be the definitive work on the birth and early years of the Internet, is sweeping in scope….Whoever chooses to write the next chapter in the saga…has a tough act to follow.”
–David Plotnikoff, San Jose Mercury News

“Excellent…makes for crackling entertainment…reawakens a sense of wonder in readers jaded by too much Internet hype.”
–Mark Baechtel, The Washington Post