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Standage, Tom

Overview
Works: 46 works in 271 publications in 11 languages and 10,374 library holdings
Genres: History  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: GT2880, 394.12
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Tom Standage
The Victorian Internet : the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth centuryʼs on-line pioneers by Tom Standage( Book )

57 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For thousands of years people had communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel. Generations of innovators tried to develop speedier messaging devices. Then, in the mid-1800s, a few extraordinary pioneers at last succeeded. Their invention--the telegraph--nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before, or since. This book tells the story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it. By 1865 telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans, revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another, giving rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime. Romances blossomed over the wires. The benefits of the network were hyped by advocates and dismissed by skeptics. Government regulators tried and failed to control the new medium. And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought.--From publisher description
A history of the world in 6 glasses by Tom Standage( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by 3000 B.C.E. was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages. In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade, helping spread Greek culture abroad. Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration, fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade. Although coffee originated in the Arab world, it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason, when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange. And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea, it became especially popular in Britain, with far-reaching effects on British foreign policy. Finally, though carbonated drinks were invented in 18th-century Europe they became a 20th-century phenomenon, and Coca-Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization. For Tom Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations. You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again
An edible history of humanity by Tom Standage( Book )

20 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 1,538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: From the bestselling author of A History of the World in Six Glasses, this is a riveting history of humanity told through the foods we eat. Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance; it has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. And today, in the culmination of a process that has been going on for thousands of years, the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade, development, and the adoption of new technologies. An Edible History of Humanity is a journey through the uses of food that have helped to shape and transform societies around the world, from prehistory to the present. Drawing on genetics, archaeology, anthropology, ethno-botany and economics, the story of these gastronomic revolutions is a deeply satisfying account of the whole of human history
Writing on the wall : social media -- the first 2,000 years by Tom Standage( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the papyrus letters that Roman statesmen used to exchange news across the Empire to the advent of hand-printed tracts of the Reformation to the pamphlets that spread propaganda during the American and French revolutions, Tom Standage chronicles the increasingly sophisticated ways people shared information with each other, spontaneously and organically, down the centuries. With the rise of newspapers in the nineteenth century, then radio and television, "mass media" consolidated control of information in the hands of a few moguls. However, the Internet has brought information sharing full circle, and the spreading of news along social networks has reemerged in powerful new ways. Writing on the Wall reminds us how modern behavior echoes that of prior centuries -- the Catholic Church, for example, faced similar dilemmas in deciding whether or how to respond to Martin Luther's attacks in the early sixteenth century to those that large institutions confront today in responding to public criticism on the Internet. Invoking the likes of Thomas Paine and Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet, Standage explores themes that have long been debated: the tension between freedom of expression and censorship; whether social media trivializes, coarsens, or enhances public discourse; and its role in spurring innovation, enabling self-promotion, and fomenting revolution
The Neptune file : a story of astronomical rivalry and the pioneers of planet hunting by Tom Standage( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and German and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the discovery of the planet Neptune and examines the effect this discovery--made by mathematical calculation rather than observation--has since had on astronomy
The Turk : the life and times of the famous eighteenth-century chess-playing machine by Tom Standage( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Dutch and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the invention by Wolfgang von Kempeden of a mechanical man made of wood and powered by clockwork, and its impact on the history of technology
An edible history of humanity by Tom Standage( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bestselling author of A history of the world in 6 glasses brilliantly charts how foods have transformed human culture through the ages
The mechanical Turk : the true story of the chess-playing machine that fooled the world by Tom Standage( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis van een in 1769 door een Hongaarse edelman ontworpen en gebouwde schaakautomaat
Li shi liu ping zhuang : pi jiu. pu tao jiu. lie jiu. ka fei. cha yu ke kou ke le de wen ming shi by Tom Standage( Book )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the world in 6 glasses by Tom Standage( Recording )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Tom Standage details the history of the world, from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century, through the lens of six defining beverages: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola
The future of technology by Tom Standage( Book )

14 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide to how to adapt to and prosper in the post-technology era
Writing on the wall social media, the first two thousand years by Tom Standage( Recording )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Standage chronicles the increasingly sophisticated ways people shared information with each other, spontaneously and organically, down the centuries. With the rise of newspapers in the nineteenth century, then radio and television, 'mass media' consolidated control of information in the hands of a few moguls. However, the Internet has brought information sharing full circle, and the spreading of news along social networks has reemerged in powerful new ways
Der Türke : die Geschichte des ersten Schachautomaten und seiner abenteuerlichen Reise um die Welt by Tom Standage( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in German and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Li shi da kou ji : shi wu ru he tui dong shi jie wen ming fa zhan by Tom Standage( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in Chinese and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Mensch ist, was er isst : wie unser Essen die Welt veränderte by Tom Standage( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in German and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Light speed( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The laser light pulses that travel the gossamer threads of glass in today's high-tech communication systems are the distant offspring of ancient signal fires. In this program, Ira Flatow and Tom Standage guide viewers through the evolution of long-distance communication, a field of endeavor spurred on by creativity, competition, and chance. Special emphasis is given to fiber optics as it is being used today, both in communications and in other disciplines such as telerobotic surgery"--Container
Una storia del mondo in sei bicchieri by Tom Standage( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in Italian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victorian internet the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth century's on-line pioneers by Tom Standage( )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways
Una storia commestibile dell'umanità by Tom Standage( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing on the wall : the intriguing history of social media, from Ancient Rome to the present day by Tom Standage( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation. Standage traces the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of social media over the past 2,000 years offering an illuminating perspective on the history of media, and revealing that social networks do not merely connect us today they also link us to the past
 
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A history of the world in 6 glasses
Alternative Names
Tom Standage British journalist

Tom Standage englischer Wissenschaftsredakteur und Autor

Languages
English (186)

German (19)

Chinese (8)

Thai (7)

Italian (6)

Spanish (4)

Polish (2)

Turkish (1)

Russian (1)

Korean (1)

Dutch (1)

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A history of the world in 6 glassesAn edible history of humanityThe Neptune file : a story of astronomical rivalry and the pioneers of planet huntingThe Turk : the life and times of the famous eighteenth-century chess-playing machineAn edible history of humanityThe mechanical Turk : the true story of the chess-playing machine that fooled the worldA history of the world in 6 glassesThe future of technology