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City of light : the story of fiber optics

Author: Jeff Hecht
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Sloan technology series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev. and expanded edView all editions and formats
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""City of Light"" tells the story of fiber optics, tracing its transformation from 19th-century parlor trick into the foundation of our global communications network. Written for a broad audience by a journalist who has covered the field for twenty years, the book is a lively account of both the people and the ideas behind this revolutionary technology. The basic concept underlying fiber optics was first explored in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hecht, Jeff.
City of light.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
(DLC) 2004270390
(OCoLC)55665412
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Hecht
ISBN: 9780198026761 0198026765 0195186559 9780195186550 9780195162554 0195162552 1280452978 9781280452970 0199883084 9780199883080
OCLC Number: 60543677
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 340 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The Sloan Technology Series; Preface to the Paperback Edition; Preface; Contents; 1 Introduction: Building a City of Light; 2 Guiding Light and Luminous Fountains (1841-1890); 3 Fibers of Glass; 4 The Quest for Remote Viewing: Television and the Legacy of Sword Swallowers (1895-1940); 5 A Critical Insight: The Birth of the Clad Optical Fiber (1950-1955); 6 99 Percent Perspiration: The Birth of an Industry (1954-1960); 7 A Vision of the Future: Communicating with Light (1880-1960); 8 The Laser Stimulates the Emission of New Ideas (1960-1969). 9 ""The Only Thing Left Is Optical Fibers"" (1960-1969)10 Trying to Sell a Dream (1965-1970); 11 Breakthrough: The Clearest Glass in the World (1966-1972); 12 Recipes for Grains of Salt: The Semiconductor Laser (1962-1977); 13 A Demonstration for the Queen (1970-1975); 14 Three Generations in Five Years (1975-1983); 15 Submarine Cables: Covering the Ocean Floor with Glass (1970-1995); 16 The Last Mile: An Elusive Vision; 17 Reflections on the City of Light; 18 Epilogue: The Boom, the Bubble, and the Bust; Appendix A. Dramatis Personae: Cast of Characters; Appendix B.A Fiber-Optic Chronology. NotesIndex; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z.
Series Title: Sloan technology series.
Responsibility: Jeff Hecht.

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