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From: Paul W Harrison / interEnglish <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon May 20, 2002 07:39:44 US/Eastern
Subject: Significance of "As We May Think"
'....In 1945, the same year that Vannevar Bush outlined his ideas for
became the National Science Foundation in Science-the Endless Frontier,
also wrote an article in the Atlantic Monthly that described his vision
capturing and accessing information ["As We May Think"]. In the Atlantic
article, Bush proposed the development of a kind of work station, which
called a "memex," that would store and provide access to the equivalent
million volumes of books. The memex would also employ a way of linking
documents "whereby any item may be caused at will to select immediately
automatically another"-allowing the user to build a trail between
documents. Although Bush proposed using photographic methods for storage
mechanical means for retrieval, and the exact technological capability he
dreamed of has not yet come to pass, the proposed function of his memex
remarkably similar to hypertext today...."
Is anyone on the list familiar with Vannevar Bush, this article and its
significance in introducing the kernel of the "hypertext" system so
overwhelmingly in use today? Is his contribution indisputably of value?
reason why I ask is due to skeptical reservations brought up in an
am currently proofreading for a university client.
This sort of pioneering stuff in regard to the development of computers
what later became the Internet is really fascinating (at least to me!).
Paul W Harrison, TESL
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