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The Victorian Internet : the remarkable story of the telegraph and the nineteenth century's on-line pioneers

Author: Tom Standage; Vinton G Cerf
Publisher: New York Bloomsbury, 2014. ©1998
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The Victorian Internet tells the 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Standage; Vinton G Cerf
ISBN: 9781620405925 162040592X
OCLC Number: 875353814
Notes: Includes new Afterword.
"Foreword by Vinton Cerf, coinventor of the Internet"--Cover.
Description: xix, 233 pages : illustrations ; 20 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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The Victorian Internet tells the 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.

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