Web page about recording research path, pre-computer age?
October 13, 2012 10:25 PM Subscribe
Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page...
posted by Speculatist to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hi hivemind - please help! A few months ago I'm was looking into the origins of computing. I came across a web page article about a modern web-service that records web-surfing research history (perhaps it was linked from metafilter?).
Either in the comments or in the article itself it linked to another webpage (.pdf?). This page pointed out recording our research histories is not a new need. I'm sure there was some text about why understanding how we reach a conclusion from research is important and that a forgotten father of modern computing did try to tackle this problem.
I recall seeing a black and white illustration / diagram of a man at a desk with books on a waterwheel-style device for ease of reading. It could be 18th/19th/20th century?
Can you please point me in the direction of the web pages that I saw?
I may well have mixed up two articles in my memory.
I'm sorry for being so vague, but any hints or tips would be much appreciated.