|Question:||Can you please talk about the inspiration from the Atlanic Monthly article Vannevar Bush wrote in 1945?|
|Answer:||When I was going through this evolution in my mind about leading up to the language being able to be so much more flexibly portrayed etc. that was probably 1960-61 and it had been 15 years since I had read that article...|
Vannevar Bush was president Rosevelts science advisor, in charge of, amongst other things, the Manhattan project (the nuclear bomb). Shortly after the second world war, in July 1945, he wrote an article in The Atlantic Monthly on what big important project should be tackled in peace time.
"As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has cordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. For many years inventions have extended man's physical powers rather than the powers of his mind. Trip hammers that multiply the fists, microscopes that sharpen the eye, and engines of destruction and detection are new results, but the end results, of modern science. Now, says Dr. Bush, instruments are at hand which, if properly developed, will give man access to and command over the inherited knowledge of the ages. The perfection of these pacific instruments should be the first objective of our scientists as they emerge from their war work. Like Emerson's famous address of 1837 on ``The American Scholar,'' this paper by Dr. Bush calls for a new relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge." (From the introduction, by The Editor).
|Keywords:||Vannevar Bush, Atlantic Monthly, Philiphines, WW2,|
|Related Links:||"As We May Think" - Vannevar Bush.|
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|Recorded:||Session 2. 7/25/2000. Interviewed at Dr. Engelbarts residence in Atherton, California, late in the evening by Frode Hegland @.|