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Tech visionary, author Ted Nelson to unwrap new autobiography at The Tech

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 29 September, 2010
Tech pioneer, sociologist and provocative author Ted Nelson will release his latest blockbuster book "POSSIPLEX: Movies, Intellect, Creative Control, My Computer Life and the Fight for Civilization" during a free reading and discussion at The Tech Museum. Nelson, who has worked for more than fifty years to make computers easily accessible to all people, invented computer hypertext - and coined the term in 1960. He founded Project Xanadu to create a computer network with a simple user interface. POSSIPLEX tells the story of Nelson's life and work, pulling together and extending the innovative ideas that Nelson has developed over the decades. Today, Nelson is Visiting Professor of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK. - where he works in the fields of information, computers, and human-machine interfaces. What they're saying about the book:
"I read it in one non-stop surge because I couldn't put it down. Like its author, it's fascinating, brilliant, and crazy. ... The book will be a winner." -- James Burke, author/presenter of "Connections" and "The Day the Universe Changed" "This is [Nelson's] story, warts and all. It explains what he foresaw, what he wanted to do, what mistakes he made, and what mistakes he didn't make. He sets the record straight, saying what he did when and what he didn't do when. ... He writes about not suffering fools gladly." --Gilbert Harman, Department of Philosophy, Princeton University
WHO: Join author Ted Nelson in a free reading, lecture, Q&A, and book signing at the release of his latest work "POSSIPLEX: Movies, Intellect, Creative Control, My Computer Life and the Fight for Civilization" WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6 ******EDs: Photo ops and interviews with the author******* Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum celebrates the Spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.