The Web was invented at CERN in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee and has since grown into the web platform with a scope much larger than before.

Image of Tim Berners Lee

He created it so that particle physicists could share the data from smashing protons together in the largest machine ever built by humans as described in Particle Fever, an excellent documentary about CERN's biggest recent discovery.

Image of the World Wide Web

Under the hood the Web content looks remarkably like the email it was meant to replace and still follows the same MIME standards of email.