There are two books here, very dated but fascinating nonetheless The first book, Computer Lib, is about computers in general, as they were in 1972 74 or so Computers were becoming generally known to the public, and and widely used in all kinds of business and academia.Flip the book upside down to the back, and you get Dream Machines a look at the most clever computer based and computer related technologies of the day.This book was the first popular book for the general public about computers and interactive systems.Wonderful for those who want to understand the early days of computers and the coming of personal computers Batsh t insane But in a good way. Ted Nelson is, in my opinion, the most influential systems thinker of the past 60 years. Fascinating glimpse to the future in a highly readable and thoroughly entertaining book As well as original text from 1974 there s extra text written for the 1987 version, updating on what has changed since 1974 Wish I d read this years ago I can easily see why it became a cult classic among the hackers programmers when first published. This is not a book, it is an experience This book and its author were and still are visionary I thoroughly enjoyed the format of pictures, notes, and text in a dual book front and back Reading the original format of the book s is to step into a time machine that simultaneously goes backward and forward whirling through a rush of sometimes crazy, often times brilliant enormous thoughts siphoned straight from the mind of Nelson The ideas and concepts in this pre PC book influenced and shaped computing forever I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book A delightful, manic piece of computer history, and still relevant today. Computer Lib Dream Machines contains a treasure trove of information about the pre PC world of computing which is both fascinatingly alien and eerily familiar Nelson exclaims You can and must understand computers NOW , warning its readers that computers are a tool that can work for you if you understand them, and against you if you don t It s a must read for any computer nerd. Nelson Writes Passionately About The Need For People To Understand Computers Deeply, Deeply Than Was Generally Promoted As Computer Literacy, Which He Considers A Superficial Kind Of Familiarity With Particular Hardware And Software His Rallying Cry Down With Cybercrud Is Against The Centralization Of Computers Such As That Performed By IBM At The Time, As Well As Against What He Sees As The Intentional Untruths That Computer People Tell To Non Computer People To Keep Them From Understanding Computers In Dream Machines, Nelson Covers The Flexible Media Potential Of The Computer, Which Was Shockingly New At The Time Tough to rate these days Only my second read through since I grabbed the 87 revision when it was new on the shelf Mostly of historical interest, but still some really cool stuff to think about There s a PDF scan of the original 1974 edition out there, but I haven t found the later one and the cheapest copy is 80 on I stumbled across Computer Lib when I would hunt for alternative zines I must have read it 5 times because I immediately realized what a treasure this book is This is one of my treasures.
Sharlene and Ted Nelson have been co authoring books for twenty years The Nelsons live in Washington State.
- 336 pages
- Computer Lib/Dream Machines
- Ted Nelson
- 09 July 2019 Ted Nelson