Dealers of Lightning Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

ISBN-10: 0887309895
ISBN-13: 9780887309892
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Description: In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer  More...

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List price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer eccentrics dubbed PARC. This brilliant group created several monumental innovations that triggered a technological revolution, including the first personal computer, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the main precursors of the Internet), only to see these breakthroughs rejected by the corporation. Yet, instead of giving up, these determined inventors turned their ideas into empires that radically altered contemporary life and changed the world. Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC's humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was never able to grasp, and ultimately exploit, the cutting-edge innovations PARC delivered. Dealers of Lightning offers an unprecedented look at the ideas, the inventions, and the individuals that propelled Xerox PARC to the frontier of technohistoiy--and the corporate machinations that almost prevented it from achieving greatness.

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy fornbsp;the Los Angeles Times for three decades. He currently serves as the Times's business columnist and hosts its business blog, The Economy Hub. His books include The New Deal, Colossus, Dealers of Lightning, and The Plot Against Social Security. Mr. Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. Follow him @HiltzikM.

Cast of Characters
Timeline
Introduction: The Time Machine
Prodigies
The Impresario
McColough's Folly
The House on Porter Drive
Utopia
Berkeley's Second System
"Not Your Normal Person"
The Clone
The Future Invented
Inventors
The Refugee
Beating the Dealer
Spacewar
Thacker's Bet
The Bobbsey Twins Build a Network
What You See Is What You Get
On the Lunatic Fringe
The Pariahs
The Big Machine
Messengers
Futures Day
Future Plus One
The Worm That Ate the Ethernet
The Silicon Revolution
The Crisis of Biggerism
Steve Jobs Gets His Show and Tell
Supernova
Blindsided
Exit the Impresario
Epilogue: Did Xerox Blow It?
Afterlives
Source Notes
Glossary of Selected Terms
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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