Information and Secrecy: Vannevar Bush, Ultra, and the Other Memex

Information and Secrecy: Vannevar Bush, Ultra, and the Other Memex

“Written for the general reader, Burke’s volume provides the first view of the relationships among America’s librarians, cryptanalysts and educators as they created information science, computerized codebreaking, and the modern research university. Using hundreds of primary and secret documents and more than twenty illustrations to trace the careers of Vannevar Bush of MIT and the navy’s codebreaking agency, OP-20-G, Burke shows how the lack of coherent American science and intelligence policies led to the tangled lives of two proto-computers that were the world’s first …

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