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

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

Michael A. Hiltzik


In the bestselling culture of The Soul of a brand new computing device, buyers of Lightning is an interesting trip of highbrow production. within the Seventies and '80s, Xerox company introduced jointly a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a bunch of desktop eccentrics dubbed PARC. This wonderful staff created numerous enormous techniques that brought on a technological revolution, together with the 1st laptop, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the most precursors of the Internet), merely to work out those breakthroughs rejected by means of the company. but, rather than giving up, those made up our minds inventors grew to become their principles into empires that notably altered modern lifestyles and adjusted the world.

Based on huge interviews with the scientists, engineers, directors, and managers who lived the tale, this riveting chronicle info PARC's humble beginnings via its triumph as a hothouse for concepts, and exhibits why Xerox was once by no means in a position to grab, and finally take advantage of, the state-of-the-art options PARC brought. Dealers of Lightning bargains an exceptional examine the tips, the innovations, and the members that propelled Xerox PARC to the frontier of technohistoiy--and the company machinations that nearly avoided it from attaining greatness.

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