Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

By Michael A. Hiltzik
"Dealers of Lightning" by Michael A. Hiltzik explores the fascinating history of Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center), a groundbreaking research facility that sparked the digital revolution. Hiltzik paints a vivid portrait of the brilliant scientists and engineers who worked at PARC, including iconic figures like computer scientist Alan Kay and physicist George Pake.

Through meticulous research and interviews, Hiltzik unveils the incredible inventions and innovations that emerged from Xerox PARC in the 1970s and 1980s. He delves into the creation of the first personal computer, the Alto, which featured a graphical user interface and a mouse – concepts that would revolutionize computing.

Additionally, "Dealers of Lightning" examines PARC's role in developing Ethernet, the laser printer, object-oriented programming, and numerous other technologies that have had a profound impact on our modern world. Hiltzik also explores how Xerox, despite being a pioneer in these groundbreaking technologies, failed to take full advantage of their potential.

Engaging and informative, "Dealers of Lightning" highlights the crucial role that Xerox PARC played in shaping the future of computing, while shedding light on the challenges faced by innovators in a corporate setting. It provides valuable insights into the nature of technological innovation and the importance of nurturing creativity and collaboration in scientific research.
Share This Book 📚