looking forward back
are there any new ideas
old ideas re-thought
Came across the name Vannevar Bush in my reading the other night.
His entry in Wikipedia states, “an American engineer, inventor and science administrator, who during World War II headed the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), through which almost all wartime military R&D was carried out, including important developments in radar and the initiation and early administration of the Manhattan Project. He emphasized the importance of scientific research to national security and economic well-being, and was chiefly responsible for the movement that led to the creation of the National Science Foundation.“
In other words, he was the civil administrator of the operation that delivered the atomic bomb.
But he was an idea guy.
As the entry stated, Mr. Bush saw “the importance of scientific research to national security and economic well-being.“
He also envisioned a research tool tor a “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.”
Mr. Bush advanced this concept in the early 1930’s.
With the tools available at the time, Mr. Bush wondered if somehow microfilm readers could some ‘link’ text to other sources.
When computers were first introduced there were often connected in a network or ‘internet’ that allowed information to be stored and shared.
In 1990’s, the world wide web was launched and that information became open to everyone.
Mr. Bush also predicted a time when “there is a growing mountain of research. But there is increased evidence that we are being bogged down today as specialization extends. The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers.“
The investigator is staggered by the findings and conclusions of thousands of other workers!
I am staggered by the amount of information now online.
I am glad its there though.
Lucky for me the world needs people to help find the way through this mountain of information.
I am here to help folks find their way to Hilton Head Island.