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A Culture of Innovation

A Culture of Innovation

Author David Walden and Raymond Nickerson
Publication Date
Section Espresso Book Machine Books
Type Print on Demand
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780978973704

A Culture of Innovation is a collection of pieces by prior and present senior employees of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), a Cambridge-based R&D company that has been an innovator in diverse technical fields, including acoustics, computer science, data networking, and computer speech recognition. BBN employees played important roles in the development of the Internet, and of such internet-based services as electronic mail. The book depicts the technology and business history of the company, from its founding in 1948 until the mid-2000s. The book will appeal to people who have had involvement with BBN or are interested in computing history. It will also serve as a useful reference work for historians of computing.

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I am co-editor and wrote several chapters for this book, so naturally I think it is great. In fact, I believe it is an important contribution to documenting the history making activities of BBN which since 1948 has been located first near Harvard Square and later near Fresh Pond in Cambridge. If you have ever wondered what is going on in those buildings on Moulton Street off Concord Ave. just west of the Fresh Pond rotaries, this is the book to read. If you have heard a rumor that the Internet and email were invented in Cambridge, this book tells the story of BBN's contributions to those efforts. If you are a student in engineering, science, or computing at one of the many Boston area colleges and universities and wonder if there is a place nearby where you can do some exciting computing work in a variety of application areas, you should read this book. The frontmatter of the book (title page, table of contents, preface) may be viewed at

David Walden
February 21, 2012
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