It's true. Literally. I grew up on the widely disseminated myth that inventions came like a bolt from the blue through the center of some genius' forehead. We were taught to look upon them with awe and wonder, hoping to become one of them even while secretly suspecting that such an achievement was unattainable.
But the only reason that the net and the web can cope with that punishing pace is thanks to work done four decades ago by British mathematician Donald Davies at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL). On 5 August 1968 Dr Davies gave the first public presentation of work he had been doing on a method of moving data around computer networks called "packet switching".