Summary of Tubes

A Journey to the Center of the Internet

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Tubes book summary
Your Internet cable plugs into your wall. Then where does it go?

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8 Overall

6 Importance

10 Innovation

8 Style

Recommendation

Andrew Blum adopts a strong, authoritative voice in this broad and complex exploration of the physical makeup of the Internet. Readers who prefer visual representations may find themselves impatient with Blum’s exploratory approach, though his prose is lovely and leavened with dry humor. But others will find the book lively, strange and fascinating. getAbstract recommends Blum’s insights to scholars of cyberculture and modern society, historians of technology, innovators, and the intellectually curious in every field.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the physical side of the Internet manifests
  • How the physical Internet relates to the Internet you use
  • What this relationship means
 

Summary

Mapping the Physical World of the Internet
The Internet is the largest thing humans have ever built. It circles the globe, contains many miles of cables and consumes considerable energy. Though people seldom consider the Internet’s tangible structure, it has a physical presence, a physical...
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About the Author

Andrew Blum, a contributing editor for Metropolis, writes about technology and architecture for publications including Wired, The New Yorker and Popular Science.


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