Internet walking tour

Andrew Blum is a journalist and the author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical heart of the Internet itself.

Tubes was first published in June 2012 by Ecco/Harpercollins in the US and Viking/Penguin in the UK. It was a national bestseller, and met with wide acclaim from The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Boston GlobeSalonThe GuardianThe EconomistThe IndependentKirkus ReviewsBookforumScientific AmericanNew ScientistBrain PickingsArs TechnicaScience News and many others. Blum discussed Tubes with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air; BBC 4 presented it as a “Book of the Week”; and Blum spoke about his research on the stages of TED Global and the London School of Economics, among dozens of other venues. Design Observer named Tubes its 2012 “Book of the Year,” and London’s Independent called it “The year’s most stimulating and original ‘travel’ book.” Tubes has been translated into ten languages, and has become a crucial reference for journalists, academics, politicians, and investors eager to understand how the Internet works.

Blum is currently at work on a new book about the global machinery of weather observation and prediction, to be published in 2018 by Ecco/Harpercollins in the US and Knaus in Germany, and The Bodley Head in the UK.

In addition to the Internet, Blum writes about infrastructure, architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel. Since 1999, his articles and essays have appeared in Popular ScienceMetropolisVanity FairWired, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg Business Week, Gizmodo, The Atlantic Online, Architectural Record, Slate, and many more publications. He has degrees in literature from Amherst College and in human geography from the University of Toronto, and lives in his native New York City.