Lesson 1:
Additional Resources for the History of
Information and Communication Technologies

book icon BeBop Bytes Back: An Unconventional Guide to Computers by Clive "Max" Maxfield and Alvin Brown isn't your typical tech book. For more info, go to http://www.maxmon.com/byteinfo.htm
book icon Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet by Michael and Ronda Hauben is available in plaintext version online and in print from the IEEE (ISBN #0-8186-7706-6).
book icon Computer: A History of the Information Machine by Martin Campbell-Kelly and William Aspray (NY: HarperCollins, 1997)
book icon From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 by M. T. Clanchy (2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Blackwell, 1999)
book icon Communications: An International History of the Formative Years by R. Burns (UK: The Institution of Electrical Engineers, 2003. IEE No. HT032, ISBN 0-86341-327-7)
book icon The Telecommunications Industry by Susan E. McMaster (ISBN 0313316015 Greenwood Press: 2002)
book icon The Day the Universe Changed (ISBN 0316117048 Little Brown & Co., 1995, also available in audio cassette) and its predecessor, Connections (ISBN 0316116726 Little Brown & Co.: 1995) by James Burke are the kinds of books everyone should read for their creativity and "aha!" potential. They're fun to watch, too: Both books spawned video series, available from PBS and other outlets.
book icon The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski (ISBN 0679734155 Knopf: 1992 reprint) Yes, it's everything (and more!) that you ever thought you'd want to know about pencils -- one of the most unacknowledged of our technologies. You'll be surprised at how much you enjoy this book.
book icon The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (Cambridge University Press, 1980) was Elizabeth Eisenstein's two-volume doctoral thesis. It is widely regarded as the first full-scale treatment of the impact of the printing press on early Modern society. The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1993) is a flawed, one-volume abridgement. The original is rigorous and intellectually challenging, but well repays the reading.
book icon The History and Power of Writing by Henri Jean Martin & Lydia G. Cochrane, translator. (ISBN 0226508366 University of Chicago Press, 1995) Martin offers a 4-millenium chronicle of writing as a cultural system, a means of communication, and a history of technologies. He shows how the written word originated, how it spread, and how it figured in the evolution of civilization.
book icon A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan (ISBN 0195046056 Oxford University Press, 1996) Cowan argues that the way in which Americans have viewed technology has been as important as the scientific developments themselves, and in the final chapter she examines the vast social implications of recent technological developments and the ways in which they are causing changes in America's political, social and economic structure.
book icon The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction by Jonathan Sterne (ISBN 082233013X Duke University Press, 2003) Sterne uses the technological and cultural precursors of telephony, phonography, and radio as an entry point into a history of sound in its own right.
book icon The Soft Edge: A Natural History and Future of the Information Revolution by Paul Levinson (ISBN 0415197724 Routledge, 1998)
book icon The Worldwide History of Telecommunications by Anton Huurdeman (ISBN 0471205052 Wiley-IEEE Press, 2003) First comprehensive history ever written on the subject, covering every aspect of telecommunications from a global perspective. The author presents telecommunications as a uniquely human achievement, dependent on the contributions of many ingenious inventors, discoverers, physicists, and engineers over a period spanning more than two centuries.
book icon The Renaissance Computer: Knowledge Technology in the First Age of Print by Neil Rhodes & Jonathan Sawday (Eds.) (ISBN 0415220645; Routledge, 2000) Leading experts in Renaissance culture explore topics of urgent significance today, including the contribution of knowledge technologies to state formulation and national identity; the effect of multimedia, orality and memory on education; the importance of the visual display of information and how search engines reflect and direct ways of thinking.
Web icon The Computer History Association of California (CHAC)'s History page is a great starting place. http://www.chac.org/chhistpg.html
Web icon History of the Internet and WWW: The Roads and Crossroads of Internet History by Gregory R. Gromov.
Web icon The World Wide Web History Project
Web icon An Internet History tutorial with literary links
Web icon The Living Internet Project