Lecture Alex Wright (December 4th 2014) @ Google

 

 

The TIC-partner Mundaneum organizes at december 4th a public lecture of Alex Wright entitled:
  "Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age"

  Date : 04/12/2014
  Time : 19h00
  Place : Bruxelles – Google- 188 chaussée d’Etterbeek BXL
  Free! - Booking requested : info@mundaneum.be

 

 

December 2014 will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Paul Otlet. For this occasion the Mundaneum has invited New York Times journalist Alex Wright to Brussels. Wright has published earlier this year "Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age" (Oxford University Press). 

 

“Wright’s book revisits Otlet’s story in the light of the ‘data deluge,’ which started in the late nineteenth century and continues to this day. He argues that Otlet discovered a way of thinking about information and its organization that ‘opened the door to an alternative stream of thought, one undergirding our present-day information age.’”

“Books to watch out for: June,” The New Yorker

 

“According to a new book, titled Cataloging the World, a little-known Belgian entrepreneur named Paul Otlet envisioned a world wide web well before the computer (and the actual World Wide Web) was invented.”

“This Man Imagined the Internet in 1895,” The Huffington Post

 

“Wright makes a persuasive case that Otlet – a largely forgotten figure today – deserves to be ranked among the inventors of the internet.”

Philip Ball, “Forgotten Prophet of the Internet,” Nature

 

More information can be found here.