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The Mother of All Books

Press Release Date 
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Douglas Engelbart who, forty years ago revolutionized the computer industry in what is now known as "The Mother of All Demos," will engage in a probing Question & Answer session followed by the unveiling of his new, limited-edition book: "The Engelbart Hypothesis: The Philosophy Behind Doug Engelbart's Technology Inventions for Raising Collective IQ." The book - co-written by Valerie Landau and Eileen Clegg - focuses on the thinking that informed Engelbart's renowned inventions that helped launch the personal computing revolution just over forty years ago. He is best known for his invention of the computer mouse and production of the "1968 Demo," which first showed the personal/networked computing innovations that would increasingly resonate with the mainstream over the next four decades. Engelbart had hoped his technological breakthroughs would lead to improvements in our "collective intelligence," harnessing the combined brainpower of large groups to reach more superior responses to urgent and complex issues of our time.

WHAT: Douglas Engelbart Q&A and book signing
WHERE: The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose
WHEN: 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2009 *
Editor's note:
Engelbart will be available for interviews/photos beginning at 4 p.m.
For more information about The Tech Museum's First Annual "Program for the Future" global challenge inspired by Engelbart, visit

About The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internally-renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future.

Roqua Montez

Senior Manager Public Relations
(408) 795-6225