No Better Time

No Better Time

The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin-- the Genius Who Transformed the Internet

Book - 2013
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No Better Time tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.

Danny Lewin's brilliant but brief life is largely unknown because, until now, those closest to him have guarded their memories and quietly mourned their loss. For Lewin was almost certainly the first victim of 9/11, stabbed to death at age 31 while trying to overpower the terrorists who would eventually fly American Flight 11 into the World Trade Center. But ironically it was 9/11 that proved the ultimate test for Lewin's vision--while phone communication failed and web traffic surged as never before, the critical news and government sites that relied on Akamai--and the technology pioneered by Danny Lewin--remained up and running.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, 2013
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed. --
ISBN: 9780306821660
Branch Call Number: 510.92 Lewin -R
Characteristics: x, 246 p. : ill


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Apr 03, 2016

Lewin was a really smart MIT grad who was born in the US, grew up in Israel, trained with the Israeli army, made a major impact on Internet efficiency, and was killed on a hijacked plane on 9/11.

I picked this book up on a whim and found it mediocre. It really bogged-down for me with the evolution of the internet and too many characters and companies.

Tragic story, fair book.

Feb 28, 2014

Excellent read at a popular biography level. I was involved enough in the Internet at the time to have seen the rise of Akamai & its impact on the Internet. The ability of that company to shake off the knowledge that they'd lost their founding heart, but turn their efforts that same 9/11 day to using the technology to enable the Internet to handle the traffic surge caused by 9/11, is a tribute to his spirited vision and leadership. I wish I'd known him.

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