How Did We Build an Online World?
Today’s internet was not merely the product of coding and cheap computers. Its ascent also relied on serendipity, failure and blood feuds. Jon Gertner reviews “How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone” by Brian McCullough.
To historians of technology, the story of the internet—essentially, the story of how our cognition and culture began to merge with machines—is often focused on hackers and software engineers. Who wrote the code? Who did it first? And then who did it better?