Everyone knows about the Internet, right? It's a whizzy thing with billions of pages covering every topic from current affairs to currant farmers. That's true. But how did it come into being? Not many of the estimated 12 million UK Internet users realise that the thing they log onto every day started off as a method of ensuring the US could launch its nuclear arsenal in the wake of a Soviet pre-emptive strike. But that's the truth of it. The Internet has changed the way we think about communication and has affected society to such a degree we cannot envisage life without it. People have made (and lost) fortunes because of the Web, but very little is known about its history. Although the US played major part in getting the Internet going, it was an Englishman, Tim Berners-Lee who developed the idea of the Web and the software to view it - the browser. Without this, the Net would not have evolved to become the media force it is today. This book names everybody from the founding fathers to today's major players, charts the growth of the Internet and examines what's next for the Net.
Richard Dinnick is a freelance writer and journalist. He was an editor for Internet Magazine and a director of a leading Web design agency. His first book about the Web, The Internet Atlas, was published in 2000 and he writes regularly for the Sunday Express, Real Business and Caterer & Hotelkeeper.