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The Victorian Internet : the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth centuryʼs on-line pioneers

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: New York : Walker and Co., 1998.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Standage
ISBN: 0802713424 9780802713421
OCLC Number: 39157695
Description: ix, 227 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The mother of all networks --
Strange, fierce fire --
Electric skeptics --
The thrill electric --
Wiring the world --
Steam-powered messages --
Codes, hackers, and cheats --
Love over the wires --
War and peace in the global village --
Information overload --
Decline and fall --
The legacy of the telegraph.
Responsibility: Tom Standage.

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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.

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