Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee

by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson
     
 

As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "[Tim Berners-Lee] has been compared to Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press, which in turn changed religion, government and science. . . . It's bizarre to even think that there is a living, breathing inventor of the Web. He's funny and likable and about as intimidating as that Pikachu runt from my

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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, "[Tim Berners-Lee] has been compared to Johannes Gutenberg, who invented the printing press, which in turn changed religion, government and science. . . . It's bizarre to even think that there is a living, breathing inventor of the Web. He's funny and likable and about as intimidating as that Pikachu runt from my kids' Pokemon collection." Few people can name the inventor of the World Wide Web - and that's how he prefers it. Tim Berners-Lee - born in 1955 to parents who were computer programmers - was in the right place at the right time. He grew up believing computers could do more than just store data, and in 1989 he came up with a way for computers around the world to share information. His efforts developed into what most of us use on a daily basis - the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee now directs the World Wide Web Consortium, a group that continues to ensure the Web remains free and accessible to everyone, everywhere. He is also working to bring the Web to its full potential. "The Web," he says, "is far from 'done.' "

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Children's Literature - RevaBeth Russell
Many people's vision, but especially Tim Breners-Lee's, have changed the world in so many ways it is hard to remember what the old world before the Web was like. The young people, for whom this book was written, will never be able to imagine what that world was. While reading this book I learned the difference between the internet and the web and why Gopher disappeared. I remember trying to do hyperlinks and never understood how that worked, but now I do. Because of Breners-Lee, they are easy for everyone to do. There are many "ah ha" moments thorough out the book. I found the reprints of pages from USA Today added to my understanding of this worldwide revolution. I love Tim Berners-Lee. Here is a role model in so many ways for young people to emulate. He is focused and hard working, yet he was not after the money. He could see the big picture for the world yet never took his eyes off of the importance of his family. This book is a must in school and public libraries. Another place this book should be is in retirement homes or assisted living centers. I am sure there are others the world wide web has affected who would love to understand how it all came about. I found the book fascinating and informative. I have shared this book with others of my age and they have loved it. I never thought I could understand how the web worked but this book is amazingly understandable for us digital immigrants and dinosaurs. Reviewer: RevaBeth Russell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822572732
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,462,906
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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