By Colin B. Burke

In info and Intrigue Colin Burke tells the tale of 1 man's plan to revolutionize the world's technology info platforms and the way technological know-how itself grew to become enmeshed with ideology and the associations of recent liberalism. within the Nineties, the idealistic American Herbert Haviland box confirmed the Concilium Bibliographicum, a Switzerland-based technology details provider that despatched hundreds of thousands of index playing cards to American and eu scientists. Field's radical new suggestion was once to index significant principles instead of books or records. In his fight to create and keep his approach, box grew to become entangled with nationalistic struggles over the keep watch over of technological know-how info, the recent approach of yank philanthropy (powered through millionaires), the politics of an rising American expert technological know-how, and within the efforts of one other details visionary, Paul Otlet, to create a pre-digital around the world database for all matters. global warfare I shuttered the Concilium, and postwar efforts to restore it failed. box himself died within the influenza epidemic of 1918. Burke contains the tale into the subsequent iteration, notwithstanding, describing the astonishingly various profession of Field's son, Noel, who grew to become a diplomat, a data resource for Soviet intelligence (as was once his good friend Alger Hiss), a mystery global battle II informant for Allen Dulles, and a prisoner of Stalin. alongside the best way, Burke touches on more than a few issues, together with the recent entrepreneurial collage, Soviet espionage in the United States, and extra efforts to categorise knowledge.

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