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The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson

  • 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

Part of the book series: History of Computing (HC)

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Artistic Contributions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Computer Age

      • Ed Subitzky
      Pages 3-5Open Access
    3. Odes to Ted Nelson

      • Ben Shneiderman
      Pages 7-11Open Access
  3. Peer Histories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. The Two-Eyed Man

      • Alan Kay
      Pages 15-23Open Access
    3. Ted Nelson’s Xanadu

      • Ken Knowlton
      Pages 25-28Open Access
    4. Hanging Out with Ted Nelson

      • Brewster Kahle
      Pages 29-31Open Access
    5. Riffing on Ted Nelson—Hypermind

      • Peter Schmideg, Laurie Spiegel
      Pages 33-44Open Access
    6. Intertwingled Inspiration

      • Andrew Pam
      Pages 45-49Open Access
    7. An Advanced Book for Beginners

      • Dick Heiser
      Pages 51-56Open Access
  4. Hypertext and Ted Nelson-Influenced Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 57-57
    2. The Importance of Ted’s Vision

      • Belinda Barnet
      Pages 59-66Open Access
    3. Data, Metadata, and Ted

      • Christine L. Borgman
      Pages 67-74Open Access
    4. Ted Nelson

      • Frode Hegland
      Pages 83-90Open Access
    5. History Debugged

      • Daniel Rosenberg
      Pages 91-103Open Access
    6. We Can and Must Understand Computers NOW

      • Noah Wardrip-Fruin
      Pages 105-112Open Access
    7. The Future of Transclusion

      • Robert M. Akscyn
      Pages 113-122Open 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
  • data structures

Editors and Affiliations

  • Chapman University, Orange, USA

    Douglas R. Dechow, Daniele C. Struppa

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)