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Ruling the waves : cycles of discovery, chaos, and wealth from compass to the Internet

Author: Debora L Spar
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a book about technology, and about rules. It is about what happens when technology moves faster than governments, creating markets that - for some time at least - have no rules. It is a book about the pioneers who thrive in a world of chaos and the governments that eventually rein them in." "Beginning with the development of the compass in the early Middle Ages, Debora Spar takes the reader back in time,  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spar, Debora L.
Ruling the waves.
New York : Harcourt, ©2001
(OCoLC)654446752
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Debora L Spar
ISBN: 0151005095 9780151005093
OCLC Number: 123144786
Description: 403 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The View from Partenia 1 --
Chapter 1 First Wave 23 --
Chapter 2 Codemakers 60 --
Chapter 3 Radio Days 124 --
Chapter 4 BSkyB and the New Wave of Television 190 --
Chapter 5 Last Stand of the Cypherpunks 244 --
Chapter 6 Trusting Microsoft 287 --
Chapter 7 Space Music 327 --
Chapter 8 Surfing the Barbary Coast 367.
Responsibility: Debora L. Spar.

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"This is a book about technology, and about rules. It is about what happens when technology moves faster than governments, creating markets that - for some time at least - have no rules. It is a book about the pioneers who thrive in a world of chaos and the governments that eventually rein them in." "Beginning with the development of the compass in the early Middle Ages, Debora Spar takes the reader back in time, looking at a series of technological revolutions that promised, in their time, to transform the worlds of politics and business. She tells tales of the printing press and maps; of telegraph, radio, and satellite television; of software, encryption, and the advent of digital music. At each of these junctures, she suggests, technological innovation leads to both a wave of commerce and of chaos. Entrepreneurs such as Samuel Morse and Rupert Murdoch carve new markets from the emerging technology and proclaim that the old rules no longer apply."--Jacket.

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