In 1945 an article was released that still applies to life today. This article is known as, “As We May Think,” by Dr. Vannevar Bush. In this article, there is a recurring theme of evolving knowledge. This means that knowledge not only is kept between generations, but it also grows. The best modern day example of this are textbooks. Textbooks are not just books full of information. They are also updated as new information is discovered. An example of evolving knowledge that he uses is that specialization is increasingly being proven to bog us down. The interesting part about this is that it is now proven that specialization actually does the opposite. This just comes to show how much knowledge can change in a mere 72 years.

Another theme in this article is communication. At the beginning of chapter one, Dr. Bush almost perfectly describes E-Mail even though it’s 1945. He writes, “Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures” (Bush 1945). If this were not written in 1945 I would have thought he was referring to the internet. Dr. Bush also presented the shortcomings of communication in 1945. The included him writing about Mendel’s concepts and how they were lost to the world for so long. This is impressive because Dr. Bush was able to visualize the potential abilities of communication and identify the shortcomings of communication in a time where long playing records were not yet invented.


Bush, V. (1945, July 01). As We May Think. Retrieved September 14, 2017, from may-think/303881/

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