He may be the most self-effacing genius of the computer age, and his egalitarian mind is evident in the names he rejected for his invention: "I thought of Mine of Information, or MOI, but moi in French means 'me,' and that was too egocentric.... The Information Mine (TIM) was even more egocentric!" Also, a mine is a passive repository; the Web is something that grows inexorably from everyone's contributions. Berners-Lee fully credits the colorful characters who helped him get the bobsled of progress going--one colleague times his haircuts to match the solstices--but he's stubbornly independent-minded. His quest is to make the Web "a place where the whim of a human being and the reasoning of a machine coexist in an ideal, powerful mixture."
Hard-core tech types may wish Berners-Lee had gone into deeper detail about the road ahead: the "boon and threat" of XML, free vs. commercial software, VRML 3-D imaging, and such. But he wants everyone in on the debate, so he wrote a brisk book that virtually anyone can understand. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Berners-Lee was responsible for driving the Web's creation, and his text articulates his passion about the World Wide Web. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2011 by Christopher Parsons
Pro: A recount of the history of the world wide web from the creator himself. Second pro, buying the book of the guy who gave us this really cool thing, and letting him reap a... Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by Robert Cannon
While he doesn't enjoy the fame or fortune of a mega mortal such as Bill Gates, Tim Berners-Lee is more than a major player in the world of the Web - he invented it. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Gail Cooke
Tim Berners-Lee explains how the Internet got started, but how he then conceived of the World Wide Web. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Keith Appleyard
Since Berners-Lee played such a critical role in developing the web, his view on the history of it is definitely worth reading. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2002 by Ronald Brown
Mr. Berners-Lee (in 2004 he became "Sir Tim") created the World Wide Web. He also created the first Web server and the first Web browser, both in 1990. Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by R. Sobkoviak
This book that tells the amazing story of how Tim Berners-Lee conceived of the Web and brought it into being. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2001 by Erika Mitchell
I had the pleasure of reading Tim's book at about the time I was working with a non-profit group which produced a free two-hour webcast of Tim's Q&A. Read morePublished on July 9 2001 by Harvey S. Jacobs