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As We May Think.
The Atlantic Monthly, Boston 1945 - Extremely rare offprint issue of Bush’s celebrated paper credited for originating the idea of hypertext and, by extension, providing many of the theoretical underpinnings for the World Wide Web. "Bush’s article describes his proposed ‘Memex’ system for organizing, storing, retrieving, and linking information. Inspired by microfilm technology - which in 1945 represented the most advanced means of storing large amounts of information - Bush conceived of the Memex as consisting of a desk equipped with projection screens, buttons and levers, a keyboard, 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. The Memex thus represented (to Bush’s mind) a mechanical analog of the associative faculty of the human brain, one whose function was to support and extend the powers of human memory and association. Bush’s general exposition of the Memex concept, emphasizing the individual relationship between user and machine, had little or no influence when it was originally published. Only after the development of the personal computer and hyperlinks on the World Wide Web was Bush’s paper resurrected as a remarkably early expression of ideas that were eventually realized in a different way on the Internet." (Hook & Norman). From Gutenberg to the Internet 13.1; OOC 519. The copy in the Origins of Cyberspace collection was the ordinary journal issue; we can find no sales records of this offprint issue, and no copies in any of the major libraries, or computer collections worldwide. Offprint from the Atlantic Monthly, July, 1945, pp. 101- 108. Large 8vo: 264 x 189 mm. Fine self-wrappers, very clean and crisp. [Attributes: First Edition]
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