• Computing before the advent of computer networks
• The first computer networks
• How packet-switching transformed data networking
• The downsides of not networking computers
• The advantages of using computer networks
It is interesting to speculate how life would be if we humans did not have—what Alexis de Tocqueville proclaimed—a natural propensity to organize things at the drop of a hat. But we do organize. This trait helps make us the dominant large-body species on earth. What’s more, our comfortable lot in life depends on our highly organized networks—from the postal service, to the world’s electronic funds transfer system. Without networks, many of the luxuries we take for ...