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Search for 1st Web page takes detour into US

Jeffrey Collins (via AP/ SMH) | June 11, 2013
For the European physicists who created the World Wide Web, preserving its history is as elusive as unlocking the mysteries of how the universe began.

"We're looking at the origins of the universe. Origins are intrinsically exciting," Noyes said.

Jones takes pride in his small part in Internet history, too. He understands the pull of trying to find the first Web page even if it doesn't make much sense. After all, even the simplest page created by a blogging novice today is richer and has more depth than those Web pages more than two decades ago. He likens it to why millions of people go to Europe to see original paintings of The Scream or the Mona Lisa when they can see replicas with almost no effort at all.

"No matter how perfectly you can reproduce something, like The Scream or the Mona Lisa, we have a fetish for the original," Jones said. "The more you see the derivative, the more you want to see the original."


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