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27 Sep 2021/01:17:18

The Books in the Box

Oxide and Friends Twitter Space: September 27th, 2021

The Books in the Box
We’ve been holding a Twitter Space weekly on Mondays at 5p for about an hour. Even though it’s not (yet?) a feature of Twitter Spaces, we have been recording them all; here is the recording for our Twitter Space for September 27th, 2021.
In addition to Bryan Cantrill and Adam Leventhal, speakers on September 27th included Tom Lyon, Dan Cross, Antranig Vartanian Simeon Miteff Matt Campbell, Jeremy Tanner, Joshua Clulow, Ian, Tim Burnham, and Nathaniel Reindl. (Did we miss your name and/or get it wrong? Drop a PR!)
Some of the topics we hit on, in the order that we hit them:
  • Not recommended :-( 
    • Dave Hitz and Pat Walsh (2008) How to Castrate a Bull book
    • Peter Thiel (2014) Zero to One book
  • [@2:45](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=165) David Jacques Gerber (2015) The Inventor’s Dilemma: The Remarkable Life of H. Joseph Gerber book
  • [@7:21](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=441) Sidney Dekker (2011) Drift into Failure: From Hunting Broken Components to Understanding Complex Systems book
  • [@13:08](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=788) Robert Buderi (1996) The Invention that Changed the World: The Story of Radar from War to Peace book
    • MIT Rad Lab Series info
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance wiki
    • Richard Rhodes (1995) Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb book
    • Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson (1997) Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age book
    • Craig Canine (1995) Dream Reaper: The Story of an Old-Fashioned Inventor in the High-Tech, High-Stakes World of Modern Agriculture book
    • David Fisher and Marshall Fisher (1996) Tube: The Invention of Television book
    • Michael Hiltzik (2015) Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex book
  • [@18:05](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=1085) Ben Rich and Leo Janos (1994) Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed book
  • Network Software Environment
  • Lockheed SR-71 on display at the Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYC.
  • [@26:52](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=1612) Brian Dear (2017) The Friendly Orange Glow: The Untold Story of the Rise of Cyberculture book
  • [@30:15](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=1815) Randall Stross (1993) Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing book
  • [@32:21](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=1941) Christophe Lécuyer and David C. Brock (2010) Makers of the Microchip: A Documentary History of Fairchild Semiconductor book
  • [@33:06](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=1986) Lamont Wood (2012) Datapoint: The Lost Story of the Texans Who Invented the Personal Computer Revolution book
  • Charles Kenney (1992) Riding the Runaway Horse: The Rise and Decline of Wang Laboratories book
  • [@34:06](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=2046) Bryan’s Lost Box of Books!
  • Edgar H. Schein et al (2003) DEC is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation book
  • [@36:56](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=2216) Alan Payne (2021) Built to Fail: The Inside Story of Blockbuster’s Inevitable Bust book
    • Videotape format war wiki
  • Hackers (1995) movie. Watch the trailer ~2mins
  • Steven Levy (1984) Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution book
  • [@42:32](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=2552) Paul Halmos (1985) I Want to be a Mathematician: An Automathography book
  • Paul Hoffman (1998) The Man Who Loved Only Numbers about Paul Erdős book
  • 1981 text adventure game for the Apple II by Sierra On-Line, “Softporn Adventure” (wiki)
  • [@49:16](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=2956) Douglas Engelbart The Mother of All Demos wiki
    • John Markoff (2005) What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry book
  • Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon (1998) Where Wizards Stay Up Late book
  • 1972 Computer Networks: The Heralds of Resource Sharing documentary ~26mins (wiki) included big names like Corbató, Licklider and Bob Kahn.
  • Gordon Moore (1965) Cramming more components onto integrated circuits paper and Moore’s Law wiki
  • [@52:37](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=3157) Physicists, mathematicians, number theory, proofs 
    • Wiles’s proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem 1993 wiki
    • Simon Singh (1997) Fermat’s Last Theorem book
    • Ronald Calinger (2015) Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment purports to be the first full-scale “comprehensive and authoritative” biography
  • [@1:00:12](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=3612) Robert X. Cringely (1992) Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date book
  • Jerry Kaplan (1996) Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure book
  • Brian Kernighan (2019) UNIX: A History and a Memoir book
  • [@1:03:03](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=3783) Douglas Coupland (1995) Microserfs book
    • Douglas Coupland (1991) Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture book
    • Fry’s Electronics wiki
  • [@1:06:49](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=4009) Michael A. Hiltzik (1999) Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age book
  • Albert Cory (pen name for Bob Purvy) (2021) Inventing the Future book
  • [@1:11:20](https://youtu.be/zrZAHO89XGk?t=4280) Corporate espionage, VMWare and Parallels, Cadence v. Avanti wiki, Cisco and Huawei (article)
If we got something wrong or missed something, please file a PR! Our next Twitter space will likely be on Monday at 5p Pacific Time; stay tuned to our Twitter feeds for details. We’d love to have you join us, as we always love to hear from new speakers!