First Web Server

There is a patient zero for this information space of the web, when Tim Berners-Lee  developed his idea on a NeXT Cube workstation it was at one time, the entire web.

Coolcaesar at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Coolcaesar at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Among the artifacts seen in the photo (set up for a 2005 conference) is a copy of the original proposal for the idea of the web the Berners-Lee wrote in March 1989 as well as the open book- Enquire Within upon Everything“, a Victorian book of general information that he read as a child.

Each paragraph in this book had a specific “address” and a large index in the back served as a means of exploring a wide range of knowledge, essentially an early form of a hypertext encyclopedia.

Like a house, every paragraph in “Enquire Within” has it’s number– and the Index is the Directory which will explain what Facts, Hints, and Instructions inhabit that Number.

Berners-Lee describes his fascination with this book as a “suggestion of magic, a portal to the world of information.”

One of his first informational organizational projects at CERN (which did not pan out) was called by Berners-Lee “Enquire Within”

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First Web Server

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