14.0173 new book

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 173.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2000 07:37:37 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [New book] on "The History and Future of Mind-Expanding

    Greetings Humanists,

    [Hi, A NEW BOOK IN the field of NEW MEDIA FROM THE MIT PRESS is available
    to read by Howard Rheingold, a famous *Avatar* in the Cyberspace, a very
    compact and neatly written book. Please stay tuned for his next venture.
    At this juncture, I would like to tell you one publication of Mark Stefik,
    as "INTERNET DREAMS: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors." Both the books are
    highly recommended. Thank you. Best.-Arun]

    Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 14:05:00 GMT
    From: New Media Editorial <new_media@mitpress.mit.edu>

    This message is one of a series of periodic mailings about newly released
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    Tools for Thought
    The History and Future of Mind-Expanding Technology
    Howard Rheingold

    The digital revolution did not begin with the teenage millionaires of
    Silicon Valley, claims Howard Rheingold, but with such early intellectual
    giants as Charles Babbage, George Boole, and John von Neumann. In a
    highly engaging style, Rheingold tells the story of what he calls the
    patriarchs, pioneers, and infonauts of the computer, focusing in
    particular on such pioneers as J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Bob
    Taylor, and Alan Kay. Taking the reader step by step from
    nineteenth-century mathematics to contemporary computing, he introduces a
    fascinating collection of eccentrics, mavericks, geniuses, and

    The book was originally published in 1985, and Rheingold's attempt to
    envision computing in the 1990s turns out to have been remarkably
    prescient. This edition contains an afterword, in which Rheingold
    interviews some of the pioneers discussed in the book. As an exercise in
    what he calls "retrospective futurism," Rheingold also looks back at how
    he looked forward.
    336 pp., paper ISBN 0-262-68115-3

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