"As we may think" Contained in: The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. CLXXVI, No. 1, July 1945, pp. 101-8.

BUSH, Vannevar (1890-1974).

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4to. 129 pp. Original maroon & gold printed wrappers; small hole on spine (with minor loss), overall some wear, creasing. Six rubber-stamped dates on p.1. Generally very good. THE GREAT-GRANDFATHER OF THE WORLD WIDE WEB. FIRST EDITION. In this article, "As we may think", Bush introduced the concept of what he called the memex during the 1930s, which is a microfilm-based "device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility. It is an enlarged intimate supplement to his memory." He wanted the memex to behave like the "intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain"; essentially, causing the proposed device to be similar to the functions of a human brain. The important feature of the memex is that it ties two pieces together. Any item can lead to another immediately. After thinking about the potential of augmented memory for several years, Bush set out his thoughts at length in the essay "As We May Think" in The Atlantic Monthly, which was published July of 1945. In the article, Bush predicted that "Wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified." Vannevar Bush was an American engineer and science administrator known for his work on analog computing, his political role in the development of the atomic bomb as a primary organizer of the Manhattan Project, and the idea of the memex, an adjustable microfilm-viewer which is somewhat analogous to the structure of the World Wide Web. As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Bush coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. This half-year of The Atlantic Monthly covers the period of the end of World War II. In addition to many war-related articles (chief of which is Einstein on the atomic bomb), there are two chapters of Betty MacDonald's The egg and I, and Gannett's article, John Steinbeck: Novelist at work. Norman, Origins of cyberspace 519. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: "As we may think" Contained in: The Atlantic...
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Co., 1945.
Publication Date: 1945

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