HOME PAGE OF TED NELSON,
Dr.Dr. Theodor Holm Nelson, Internet Archive Fellow
Computer Scientist (official since 2013)
Original visionary of the World Wide Web, 1960
Philosopher and Film-Maker (since 1959)
"Poet, Philosopher and Rogue" (since 1954)
• Erdosz number undefined • Kevin Bacon number 2 (via Lynn Milgrim)
• IMDB: "Ted Nelson (II)
In loving memory
of Marlene Mallicoat.
See last picture and obituary.
"I must invent my own systems,
or else be enslaved by other men's."
-- William Blake ! "A prophet is without honor in his own country."
-- Matthew 13:54-58; Mark 6:1-6
I was here first, and it's all gone wrong.-- Ted Nelson
=== MEDIA INNOVATIONS
On August 30, 2015, I was interviewed on my houseboat by the great director Werner Herzog, for a new film he's doing.
At the end of the interview he said, "To us, you appear to be the only one around who is clinically sane!"
I leave my critics with that thought.
A kite-shaped magazine, 1957 (age 19)--
A low-budget surrealistic comedy film with Huckleberry Hound-style sync (age 21)=== BOOKS
The first rock musical, 1957 (age 20)
Hypertext, announced to the computer field in 1965
The Back Button (Brown U. Hypertext Editing System, ca.1967)
Transpointing Windows (implicit since 1960, published 1972)
IN PRINT: Life, Love, College, Etc., 1959.=== ARTICLES Many, 10 peer-reviewed; see curriculum vitae.
IN PRINT: Computer Lib/Dream Machines, 1974. Microsoft edition, 1987.
Original 1974 edition now reprinted from negatives.
The Home Computer Revolution, 1977. Translated also into Japanese and Swedish.
Literary Machines (classic edition), 1981. Literary Machines Technical Edition, 1987 et seq.
Selected Papers, ca. 1987.
The Future of Information. (Published in Japan.)
IN PRINT: Geeks Bearing Gifts: How the Computer World Got This Way, 2008.
IN PRINT: POSSIPLEX (autobiography), 2010.
IN PRINT: The Scene Machine, 2014.
TN channel on YouTube. Other TN videos published variously by other people.
Note especially the videos from Ted Nelson Day at Chapman University, (To see videos, open "Conference Schedule" at the bottom.) Note especially the presentation by Steve Wozniak, session before last.=== MAIN INVENTIONS AND DESIGNS
• Indirect hypermedia based on transclusion (xanalogical structure, trademarked Xanadu®; 1960 to present, with various collaborators). See Project Xanadu, xanadu.com.=== PATENTS Two in curriculum vitae, and one since.
• JOT interface for capturing lower case on upper-case keyboard (ca.1970)
• The Back Button (ca.1976)
• Ray tracing and ray casting (1961-71)-- told in The Scene Machine
• hyperthogonal structure (trademarked as ZigZag®)-- visible database of crossed lists in multiple dimensions.
=== WORDS COINED THAT ARE IN SOME USE
• hypertext • hypermedia • micropayment • transclusion • compound document • dildonics • transpointing windows • stretchtext • intertwingled • menuplex • softcopy • docuverse • structangle • sworf=30=