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By Ian H. Witten

Seek engines-"web dragons"-are the portals during which we entry society's treasure trove of knowledge. How do they stack up opposed to librarians, the gatekeepers over centuries previous? What position will libraries play in a global whose info is governed by means of the internet? How is the internet geared up? Who controls its contents, and the way do they do it? How do se's paintings? How can internet visibility be exploited via those that are looking to promote us their wares? what is coming the next day to come, and will we effect it? we're witnessing the sunrise of a brand new period, beginning correct now-and this booklet indicates you what it's going to appear like and the way it's going to swap your world.Do you employ se's each day? Are you a developer or a librarian, aiding others with their info wishes? A researcher or journalist for whom the net has replaced the very approach you're employed? an internet marketer or web site dressmaker, whose occupation exists as a result of the internet? Whoever you're: for those who care approximately details, this e-book will open your eyes-and make you blink.

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The web is where people go to find things out. And while it is often denigrated as a damaged and unreliable source of questionable information, its aspiration knows no bounds: it is now threatening to take over our libraries. In future chapters, we will dissect the web, measure its size, probe its flaws and failings, review its past, and assess its future. But first, this chapter takes a look at the kind of literature that is stored in libraries: how much there is, how it has grown, how it is organized … and what is happening to it now.

A UNIVERSAL SOURCE OF ANSWERS? Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) was one of the most prominent thinkers of his time. A brilliant scientist and illustrious philosopher, he was also an ambassador and influential political consultant. As a youth, he dreamed of discovering how to settle all philosophical and scientific questions TEAM LinG SETTING THE SCENE 21 by calculating the results of a specified mathematical procedure. His plan was to design a formal language (Lingua Characteristica) and inference technique (Calculus Ratiocinator) and then find a way to express questions in the language and apply the rules of the calculus mechanically.

1). Confucius’s works are here, as is much classic poetry, and an account of how a Christian sect spread eastward to China along the Silk Road. Chinese writing is an art form, and this library gathers together the work of outstanding calligraphers over a period of two millennia. It contains the weightiest books in the world! We think of the library as the epitome of a stable, solid, unchanging institution, and indeed the silent looming presence of two thousand enormous stone slabs—tourist guidebooks call it the “forest of steles”—certainly projects an air of permanence.

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