A Journey to the Center of the Internet with a new introduction by the Author
Author(s): Andrew Blum
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jun 25, 2019
Product Number: EB00737339
Released: Jun 25, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062850201
Publisher: Ecco
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An engaging, narrative tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives to see the dark beating heart of the Internet itself.

We are all connected now. But connected to what, exactly? In Tubes, journalist Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey to find out.

When former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska famously described the Internet as â??a series of tubes,â? he seemed hopelessly, foolishly trapped in an old way of knowing the world. But he wasnâ??t wrong. After all, as Blum writes, the Internet exists: for all the talk of the â??placelessnessâ? of our digital age, the Internet is as fixed in real, physical places as any railroad or telephone ever was. It fills enormous buildings, converges in some places and avoids others, and it flows through tubes under ground, up in the air, and under the oceans all over the world. You can map it, you can smell it, and you can even visit itâ??and thatâ??s just what Blum does in Tubes.

From the room in Berkeley where the Internet flickered to life to the busiest streets in Manhattan as new fiber optic cable is laid down; from the coast of Portugal as a 10,000-mile undersea cable just two thumbsâ?? wide is laid down to connect Europe and West Africa to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where Google, Microsoft and Facebook have built monumental data centersâ??Blum visits them all to chronicle the dramatic story of the Internetâ??s development, explain how it all works, and capture the spirit of the place/

Like Tracy Kidderâ??s classic The Soul of a New Machine or Tom Vanderbiltâ??s recent bestseller Traffic, Tubes combines deep reporting and lucid explanation into an engaging quest to understand the everyday world we live in.