Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet

by Andrew Blum

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Overview

Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum

“Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound….You will never open an email in quite the same way again.”
—Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic

In Tubes, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at Wired magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine—Tracy Kidder’s classic story of the creation of a new computer—was to the late twentieth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061994937
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Blum's writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor; Wired; Newsweek; the Wall Street Journal; the New Yorker; the New York Times; Vanity Fair; BusinessWeek; Slate; and Popular Science. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 The Hop 11

2 A Network of Networks 35

3 Only Connect 69

4 The Whole Internet 105

5 Cities of Light 157

6 The Longest Tubes 191

7 Where Data Sleeps 227

Epilogue 263

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 273

Index 281

What People are Saying About This

Donovan Hohn

“With infectious wonder, Blum introduces us to the Internet’s geeky wizards and takes us on an amiably guided tour of the world they’ve created, a world of wires and routers through which most of us daily wander . . . but which few of us have ever really seen.”

Tom Vanderbilt

“Compelling and profound. . . . For the first time, Tubes brings the ‘network of networks’ into stirring, and surprising, relief. You will never open an email in quite the same way again.”

Paul Goldberger

“A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical.”

Laura Miller

“Ingeniously beguiling. . . . Blum is a smart, imaginative, evocative writer who embraces the task of making his readers feel the wonder represented by these unprepossessing objects.”

Joshua Foer

“Every web site, every email, every instant message travels through real junctions in a real network of real cables. It’s all too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum’s fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita.”

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Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
brandsxb More than 1 year ago
All the information you can get from this book can fit into two pages, the rest is overly worded filler. I kept hoping it would get better but it doesn't. There is something about a well crafted non-fiction book where it leads you on a logical journey and at the end you feel like you learned about subject that was important. This was a journey to superficial information and it seemed to take forever to get there.
webspelunker More than 1 year ago
A very good book which updated my knowledge of the Internet's physical infrastructure. I liked the logical way the author laid out the material and took his journey. I recommend to anyone looking for a layperson's guide to the Internet's physical layout. I read in Nook format and found it easy to use.
Pondlady More than 1 year ago
When the internet was in its infancy, I was busy with infants. I wanted this book when I heard Alex Blum interviewed on Diane Rhem ( I think). It was my first Nook Book and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It's helped me understand the "magic cloud" and made my machine much less of a mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read. Felt similar to other "travel journal" books. Nice way to learn a bit about how the internet gets from here to there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is probably the best answer you will ever get to the question, "what is the internet?" Unless you happen to be a network engineer. If you've ever wondered exactly what happens when the ethernet cable leaves your house, or what goes on at the other end of the line then you'll enjoy this book. Written in an informal, journalistic tone, this book is perfect for readers who may have been intimidated by technology literature in the past
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awful awful
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have no idea of the physicality of the Internet until you read this fascinating book. It will change your notions about what really is the "web", what is the "cloud" and just how NOT "wireless" our world really is.
Tmoyer More than 1 year ago
I typically read through books quickly. This book, so far, is a bit scattered and tedious. Hope it gets better.
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I bought this e-book for over $13, planning to read it and then share it with my wife. I have a Nook, she has a Kindle. The book is "protected" with DRM encryption, and can't be shared by any other reader, even if they load Nook for PC on their computer. The only alternative would be for me to lend my Nook to my wife for as long as she'd take to read the book. So, my $13 bucks got me one read, by me. I do NOT recommend anyone buy this e-book - spend a few dollars more for the physical book, read it, share it, donate it as you wish.