Introduction

The last 20 years has seen the birth and rise of the Web at an astronomical pace. We have witnessed the birth of the Information Age, equal in magnitude to the transition to the modern world from the Middle Ages. We do everything differently. Just as Gutenberg’s printing press allowed the accumulated knowledge of the human race to reach every person who could read, the Web extends this knowledge to everyone with access to a computer.

This book is meant to be an accessible introduction to the history of the Web, but we would not have the Web if it were not for the internet. In fact, we don’t get to the invention of the World Wide Web until idea 21, the preceding ideas lay its foundations. So this is not only a book of ideas that changed ...

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