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Thursday, 9 November 2006, 12:00AM

From World Brain to the World Wide Web

Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly

The World Wide Web has evolved into a universe of information at our finger tips. But this was not an idea born with the Internet. This lecture recounts earlier attempts to disseminate information that influenced the Web - such as the French Encyclopédists in the 18th century, H. G. Wells' World Brain in the 1930s, and Vannevar Bush's Memex in the 1940s.

This lecture was jointly held with the British Society for the History of Mathematics. For the other BHSM lectures, follows these links:
      19th Century Mathematical Physics, by Professor Raymond Flood, Dr Julia Collins
      and Dr Mark McCartney
      The Memoirs and Legacy of Évariste Galois, by Dr Peter Neumann
      Triangular Relationships, by Dr Patricia Fara
      Mathematics, Motion and Truth, by Professor Jeremy Gray
      Mathematics and the Medici, by Jim Bennett~
      Planes and Pacifism, by Dr June Barrow-Green
      History from Below, by Dr Stephen Johnston
      The Celestial Geometry of John Flamsteed, by Dr Allan Chapman
      Mathematics in the Metropolis, by Adrian Rice

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Martin Campbell-Kelly is emeritus professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, where he specializes in the history of computing. His books include "Computer: A History of the Information Machine," co-authored with William Aspray, "From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry," and "ICL: A Business and Technical History." He is editor of the Collected Works of Charles Babbage. Professor Campbell-Kelly is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, visiting professor at Portsmouth University, and a columnist for the Communications of the ACM. He is a member of the ACM History Committee, a council member of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, and a committee member of the BCS Computer Conservation Society. He is a member of the editorial boards of the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, the International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology, the Rutherford Journal, and editor-in-chief of the Springer Series in the History of Computing.

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9 November 2006

From World Brain to the World Wide Web
Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly

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