Thursday, 9 February 2012

As we may think

As We May Think is an essay by Vannevar Bush (see also his Wikipedia bio) first published in The Atlantic Monthly in July 1945, and republished again as an abridged version in September 1945—before and after the U.S. nuclear attacks on Japan. His essay still makes interesting reading and his theoretical machine—"memex"—is regarded as the pre-cursor of hypertext.

Note that Vannevar Bush is not related to George Bush. To quote from George Bush's presidential archive:
America's tradition of excellence has long been nurtured by a tradition of free inquiry aimed at the simple goal of better understanding ourselves and the world. In the 1945 report that led to the founding of the NSF, the National Science Foundation, Vannevar Bush—no relation—wrote that "As long as scientists are free to pursue the truth wherever it may lead, there will be a flow of new scientific knowledge to those who can apply it to practical problems."

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