Friday, November 12, 2004

Internet Fame

i love/hate how everyone keeps claiming who invented the internet. htis morning i was reading a book on the way from my car to the chemistry building, as is my practice, and found that "a short history of nearly everything" (an okay book, interesting but some of the facts are a little off) makes the claim that, "There are practical side eggects to all this costly effort [CERN building its Large hadron Collider]. The World Wide Web is a CERN offshoot. It was invented by a CERN scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, in 1989."
i think my favorite claim was al gore's claim, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet. I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country's economic growth and environmental protection, improvements in our educational system." which was blown out of proportion into him saying he invented the internet.... gotta love how things get all messed up.


forkev said...

what about the ARPANET?
1989 seems a bit *recent* for an invention of this nature. maybe portions of it were standardized then, but common. moving bits of information across a nationwide network that had quasi-public access?
I guess they think their physics network counts. according to CERN's history page.

palegreenhorse said...

wow, i didn't go to the website from CERN until you pointed it out. that is some huge boasting that it does. lame! like anyone can claim they invented the web or the internet!