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The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson

  • Douglas R. Dechow
  • Daniele C. Struppa
  • Presents historical material on the very early years of personal computers that is not available in any other publication

  • Offers fascinating perspectives on the impact of Ted Nelson’s work, assembled from an interdisciplinary collection of globally renowned authors

  • Provides a unique intellectual biography of Ted Nelson and of his contributions to the evolution of personal computing

Open Access

Part of the History of Computing book series (HC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Artistic Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ed Subitzky
      Pages 3-5 Open Access
    3. Ben Shneiderman
      Pages 7-11 Open Access
  3. Peer Histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Alan Kay
      Pages 15-23 Open Access
    3. Ken Knowlton
      Pages 25-28 Open Access
    4. Brewster Kahle
      Pages 29-31 Open Access
    5. Peter Schmideg, Laurie Spiegel
      Pages 33-44 Open Access
    6. Andrew Pam
      Pages 45-49 Open Access
    7. Dick Heiser
      Pages 51-56 Open Access
  4. Hypertext and Ted Nelson-Influenced Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Belinda Barnet
      Pages 59-66 Open Access
    3. Christine L. Borgman
      Pages 67-74 Open Access
    4. Wendy Hall
      Pages 75-82 Open Access
    5. Frode Hegland
      Pages 83-90 Open Access
    6. Daniel Rosenberg
      Pages 91-103 Open Access
    7. Noah Wardrip-Fruin
      Pages 105-112 Open Access
    8. Robert M. Akscyn
      Pages 113-122 Open Access

About this book


This engaging volume celebrates the life and work of Theodor Holm “Ted” Nelson, a pioneer and legendary figure from the history of early computing. Presenting contributions from world-renowned computer scientists and figures from the media industry, the book delves into hypertext, the docuverse, Xanadu, and other products of Ted Nelson’s unique mind.

Topics and features:

  • Includes a cartoon and a sequence of poems created in Nelson’s honor, reflecting his wide-ranging and interdisciplinary intellect
  • Presents peer histories, providing a sense of the milieu that resulted from Nelson’s ideas
  • Contains personal accounts revealing what it is like to collaborate directly with Nelson
  • Describes Nelson’s legacy from the perspective of his contemporaries from the computing world and the scholars who continue to examine his work
  • Provides a contribution from Ted Nelson himself

With a broad appeal spanning practitioners in computer science, historians of science and the general reader, this inspiring collection reveals the continuing influence of the original visionary of the World Wide Web.

Prof. Daniele C. Struppa is Chancellor of Chapman University, Orange, CA, USA. His other publications with Springer include the titles The Mathematical Legacy of Leon Ehrenpreis and Noncommutative Functional Calculus. Dr. Douglas R. Dechow is Digital Humanities and Science Librarian at Chapman University Leatherby Libraries.


Docuverse Hypertext World Wide Web Xanadu Zig-Zag

Editors and affiliations

  • Douglas R. Dechow
    • 1
  • Daniele C. Struppa
    • 2
  1. 1.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA

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