Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet
Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet by Andrew Blum is...
'Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy' Independent
'Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend' Observer
The Internet. Home to the most important and intimate aspects of our lives. Our careers, our relationships, our selves, all of them are out there - online. So ... where is that exactly? And who's in charge again? And what if it breaks?
'An engaging reminder that, cyber-Utopianism aside, the Internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory. An excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of how exactly it all works and a timely antidote to oft-repeated abstractions about "cyberspace" or "cloud computing" Economist
'Makes hard-to-grasp concepts easy to understand, even obvious. The history, in particular, is one of the best and most memorable I have ever read' New Scientist
'For a full understanding of the Internet on every level, this book is a must-read' Techzone
'A great, playful, wondrous read' ArsTechnica
'All too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita' Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein
'One of our best writers. A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical' Paul Goldberger, New Yorker
'The Internet really IS a series of tubes! Who knew?' David Pogue, The New York Times
Andrew Blum writes about architecture, infrastructure and technology for many publications, including the New Yorker, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Slate and Popular Science. He is a correspondent for Wired, a contributing editor to Metropolis and lives in his hometown of New York City.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jamesb - LibraryThing
A digerati travelogue, from an author who seems as much sociologist as infrastructure geek. Worth the read, even if you think you know the topic. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - willszal - LibraryThing
Phenomenally interesting book about the physical infrastructure of the cloud. Transcontinental fiber-optic cables. Data centers. Internet exchanges. All the good stuff that makes the internet possible. Read full review