TIM BERNERS-LEE: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE WEB

TIM BERNERS-LEE STARTED A REVOLUTION, BUT IT DIDN'T GO EXACTLY AS PLANNED

You might think that someone who invented a giant electronic brain for Planet Earth would have a pretty impressive brain of his own. And Tim Berners-Lee, 41, the creator of the World Wide Web, no doubt does. But his brain also has one shortcoming, and, by his own account, this neural glitch may have been the key to the Web's inception.

Berners-Lee isn't good at "random connections," he says. "I'm certainly terrible at names and faces." (No kidding. He asked me my name twice during our first two hours of conversation.) Back in 1980 he wrote some software to help keep...

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