Hitting the Books: How Bell Labs jump-started the multimedia art movement

MIT Press Copyright ©2020 W. Patrick McCray All rights reserved. The following excerpt is reprinted from Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture by W. Patrick McCray. Reprinted with permission of MIT Press.Like many young electrical engineers, especially those with advanced training from elite schools, [Billy] Klüver had a wealth of…

Hitting the Books: An analog computer ushered in the video game era

Once upon a time there was an early hominid. And possibly, at some point, this Early Hominid threw a rock at a mastodon he was hunting, or at a saber-tooth tiger, or at another Early Hominid, and missed; instead the rock hit a hollow tree, and it made a funny sound. “Ha, ha!” said Early…