Some Background History Regarding The Invention Of The Internet | The Communication Blog

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Some Background History Regarding The Invention Of The Internet

By Princess W. Fleischer

The internet did not just come about like any other project that it is mostly being used for today. The internet all came about because the government saw it as a good defense strategy against other countries that had no clue about it. As a matter of fact, those who were outside the classified few working on this project had no clue about it.

Considering the above that it was a project made for defense by top scientists and the like, it is a pretty difficult task to give all the rights of invention to just one particular person. The easiest way to thus give a vague idea of who invented the internet would be to go through a couple of the names that were key in its development.

One of the best ways to explain in Layman's terms the development of the internet is to look art manufacturing processes that lead up to the final product of something like the sweater that you wear on your back. You will have to think of the rearing of sheep, their shearing and the spinning of the wool before it can be woven into a pullover.

The history of the making of the internet begins back in the 60's. A man known as Leonard Kleinrock came up with a theory called 'packet switching'that took our technology a step further in the right direction.

The packet switching theory made it possible for the transferring of different data in various quantities.

The next thing that polished up was the language that would be used for the communication. This was the TCP/IP protocol that was developed thereafter by Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf. Networking the computers was then the next milestone which was done via the Ethernet, a genius development by Robert Metcalfe.

The next feat achieved was in the connecting of each of the various networks and this was done in the 80's by a spanning algorithm tree that Radia Perlman came up with. We then needed a way to write applications for the internet and for this Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau came up with HTML.

Most of the times people when asked who invented the internet will usually say the HTML duo. No doubt that they had a lot to do with what the web is today but we have to acknowledge the fact that had it not been the work of the others before them, this duo would not have even thought about HTML. So when you are truly deciding on who exactly invented the internet, it is best just to consider a bunch of people who collaborated and then put it out for the masses.

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