[SIGCIS-Members] What inspired Bush's Memex?

Evan Koblentz evank at njit.edu
Wed Nov 16 08:33:50 PST 2022

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Tonight I'm teaching my 
students about the origins of graphical interfaces, and realized that I 
didn't have a good answer ready to the question of, "But what inspired 

I am quickly reading Smith, Googling about Otlet/Goldberg, and running 
to our university library to get Burke's book.

On 11/15/22 9:56 PM, Koblentz, Evan wrote:
> Does anyone have documentation, or good theories, about how/where 
> Vannevar Bush was inspired to develop his ideas for the speculative 
> Memex? I know that he was privy to the latest computer developments, 
> but how did he make the jump from plugboards and punch cards to a 
> virtual encyclopedia and hypertext?
Evan Koblentz

New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
- Adjunct Instructor, Ying Wu College of Computing

evank at njit.edu
(973) 596-3065
@TechnicallyEvan <https://twitter.com/technicallyevan>
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