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Boston, Rumsford Press, 1945. Lex8vo. In "The Atlantic Monthly", July 1945, Vol. 176, No. 1., the entire issue present in the original illustrated wrappers. A bit of soiling to back wrapper and wear to spine. A few smaller nicks to extremities. Overall a fine copy. Internally fine and clean. Pp. 101-8. [Entire issue: 119, (1) pp. + one table of contents in cartonage with a missing subscription coupon].. First printing of Bush's seminal and prescient paper in which he expresses remarkably early ideas concerning the internet and computers in general. He describes his proposed "Memex" system for organizing, storing, retrieving and linking information - a collective memory machine based on the image of the mind. This landmark paper is credited with originating the idea of hypertext and the World Wide Web (www), thereby anticipating the fundamental ideas of the internet by more than 40 years. "Bush conceived of the Memex as consisting of a desk equipped with projection screens, buttons and levers, a keybord and a storage system designed to provide instant access to microfilmed books, periodicals, documents, photographs, etc. The Memex system would allow pieces of data to be linked into permanent "information trails" dictated by the individual user's needs, which could be called up again and modified at any future date." (Origins of Cyberspace 519).The paper was the main source of inspiration to Douglas Carl Engelbart, who developed the computer mouse and the technical side of hypertext, and to Ted Nelson, who coined the terms hypertext and hypermedia. Bush also anticipated the concept and principals of online encyclopedias such as wikipedia: "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." (The present paper).The present paper is also a testament to the changing views of science of the post-war period. During WWII, many scientists were occupied with extending physical powers rather than the power of the mind and instead of sharing information, the main focus was to control and limit information to a closed circle of people. The present article, published just after the end of the war, represents the exact opposite attitude. Bush took an active part in politics and he was the primary organizer in the development of the atomic bomb of the Manhattan Project
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