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Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974)
"AS WE MAY THINK." [IN:] THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOL. 176, JULY 1945, PP.101-108. BOSTON: ATLANTIC MONTHLY, 1945
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Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974)
"AS WE MAY THINK." [IN:] THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOL. 176, JULY 1945, PP.101-108. BOSTON: ATLANTIC MONTHLY, 1945
Estimate
8001,200
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Bush, Vannevar (1890-1974)
"AS WE MAY THINK." [IN:] THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, VOL. 176, JULY 1945, PP.101-108. BOSTON: ATLANTIC MONTHLY, 1945
4to (265 x 187mm.), [bound with:] The Atlantic Monthly, vols. 177-181, August-December, 1945, brown buckram with title printed in red and blue
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Provenance

bought from Yelm Books, Whitestone, NY, 2000, Catalogue 17, item 235

Literature

Tomash & Williams B296; Origins of Cyberspace 519

Catalogue Note

During WWII, Vannevar Bush headed the Office of Scientific Research and was responsible for the majority of R&D carried out during wartime, including the early administration of the Manhattan project. He eventually became the President of MIT. The present article explores the relationship of technology to human activity, predicting fascinating and farsighted developments.

Bush goes so far as to anticipate an information overload of sorts, predicting a time where "there is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as a specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers."

The legacy of the essay has proven enduring and remarkable. "Douglas Engelbert, the inventor of the mouse and modern graphical interface to computers, has said that Bush's article inspired him and that it was this publication that shaped the rest of his life" (Tomash & Williams)

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