Though the digital data on the Internet resides on millions of interconnected servers, the net itself is just data transfer which takes place by electrons and radio waves. Russell Seitz, a physicist, tried to find the weight of the Internet based on this. His calculations, using Einstein’s famous e = mc2 formula, revealed that the mighty Internet weighs as much as a strawberry.
The terms "hypertext", "hypermedia" and "virtuality" were coined by Ted Nelson in the 1960s. This was way before the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Nelson, one of the great futurists of the last century, had written about the idea of a global network of computers in his books. He called his network Xanadu. Incidentally, in the reference list of original proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee had put Ted Nelson's work at the top place. [more...]