Communications and Broadcasting: From Wired Words to Wireless Web


Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an eight-volume set based on a simple yet powerful idea-that science and technology are integral to people's daily lives in terms of how they understand the world and each other. Combining biography scientific reasoning, and history, each volume describes the flow of scientific and technological ideas through the innovations that affected society and made further research possible.

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Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an eight-volume set based on a simple yet powerful idea-that science and technology are integral to people's daily lives in terms of how they understand the world and each other. Combining biography scientific reasoning, and history, each volume describes the flow of scientific and technological ideas through the innovations that affected society and made further research possible.

Communications and Broadcasting, Revised Edition is a fascinating overview of 10 individuals who contributed significantly to the development of modern communications. Each chapter contains relevant information on the person's research, accomplishments, ethical or professional obstacles, and lasting contributions and concludes with a chronology and a list of particular print and Internet references.

The individuals (and their areas of research or accomplishment) profiled are: Samuel Morse (the electromagnetic telegraph), Alexander Graham Bell (the telephone), Thomas Edison (sound recording and motion pictures), Guglielmo Marconi (the wireless telegraph), Edwin Armstrong (radio broadcasting), Philo Farnsworth (television), Claude Shannon (information theory), Joseph Licklider (the Internet), Tim Berners-Lee (the World Wide Web), Howard Rheingold (virtual communities). Communications and Broadcasting, Revised Edition includes 40 black-and-white photographs and line illustrations, a glossary, a chronology of notable events, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides insight into the human quest for understanding, exploration, andinnovation.

Presents the history of modern communications and broadcasting through an overview of key inventions and their inventors including, among others, the telegraph and Samuel Morse, sound recording and Thomas Edison, and television and Philo Farnsworth.

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There has been a massive evolution in communication and broadcasting methods since their initial inception almost two hundred years ago. This book provides a detailed history of both. It chronicles influential inventors and provides information about the development of their invention, as well as its connection to future inventions. Each of the inventions has contributed to societal changes that are also discussed in each chapter. The book begins with Samuel Morse and the electromagnetic telegraph. Subsequent chapters are about Alexander Graham Bell and Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraphy, all of which educate readers about the development of point-to-point communication. Additional chapters about Thomas Edison, Edwin Armstrong, and Philo Farnsworth focus on their inventions that contributed to the advancement of broadcasting and media. The remaining chapters discuss Claude Shannon, Joseph Licklider, Tim Berners-Lee, and Howard Rheingold. These chapters discuss the digital age and the convergence of all previous communication and media methods. At the end of each chapter there is a time line and a listing of sources for additional information. The book concludes with a combined chronology, glossary, and an index. This book is an excellent source for anyone seeking in-depth information about the development of communication and broadcasting. It is part of the “Milestones in Discovery and Invention” series. Reviewer: Denise Daley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816057481
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Milestones in Discovery and Invention Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     xix
Writing with Lightning: Samuel Morse and the Electromagnetic Telegraph     1
Inventing the Inventor     2
The Need for Communications     2
The Electric Alternative     3
Morse's First Telegraph     4
Other Inventors: The Wheatstone Telegraph     5
Improving the Telegraph     6
Wiring the Nation     8
Wizards of the Wires     9
Parallels: Routing Messages     9
The Telegraph at War     10
Spanning the Globe     11
Solving Problems: Long-distance Telegraphy     13
The Telegraph Goes Corporate     13
Expansion and Decline     14
Chronology     15
Further Reading     17
Voices on the Wires: Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone     19
Sound and Silence     19
From Telegraph to Telephone     20
Battling for Business     23
Other Inventors: Elisha Gray     25
I Was There: Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell: Breaking the Silence     26
Long Distance     27
Getting Connected     28
Changing Social Customs     29
The Telephone in the Digital Age     30
Chronology     31
Further Reading     32
The Media of Memory: Thomas Edison, Sound Recording, and Motion Pictures     34
Young Entrepreneur     34
First Inventions     35
Frozen Sound     37
Creating the Phonograph     38
The Battle for the Living Room     39
The Phonograph Goes Electric     42
Social Impact: Preserving Musical Heritage     43
New Technologies for Sound Recording     43
Moving Pictures     47
Other Inventors: The Lumiere Brothers     47
Movies Grow Up     50
Edison's Legacy     51
Chronology     52
Further Reading     53
Into the Ether: Guglielmo Marconi and Wireless Telegraphy     55
Discovering Radio Waves     55
Other Inventors: Forgotten Radio Experimenters     58
Marconi and Wireless Telegraphy     59
Building an Industry     61
Finer Tuning     62
Leaping the Atlantic     64
Solving Problems: Long-distance Radio     65
Growing the Wireless Business     66
A Voice in the Air     67
Chronology     69
Further Reading     69
Triumph and Tragedy: Edwin Armstrong and Radio Broadcasting     71
The Birth of Electronics     72
Electronic Amplification     74
Other Inventors: The Tumultuous De Forests     75
Armstrong Gives Radio a Boost     76
Social Impact: Emergence of Technical Cultures     78
Broadcasting Begins     78
Trends: A "Snapshot" of the Radio Industry in the United States, 1923     79
Creating the Programming     81
Radio's Social Impact     82
Battle in the Courts     82
Introducing FM     83
The End of the Lone Inventor?     85
Solving Problems: Hedy Lamarr v. the Jammers     86
Radio in the Modern World     86
Chronology     87
Further Reading     88
The Ghost Light: Philo Farnsworth and the Birth of Television     90
Field of Dreams     90
Fiddling with Radio     91
A False Start: Mechanical Television     92
An Electronic Solution     94
A Working Model     95
I Was There: Not What It Appeared to Be     96
Demonstrations     97
Skirmishes and Detours     99
Battle of the Patents     100
I Was There: Unsung Hero     101
Fading Away     102
The Transfiguration of TV     103
Belated Recognition     106
Chronology     107
Further Reading     109
Unlocking the Signals: Claude Shannon, Communications, and Information Theory     111
Logical Circuits     112
A Theory of Communication     113
The Information Equation     114
Transforming Communications     116
Connections: Building a Multimedia World     117
Artificial-Intelligence Pioneer     118
Teacher and Writer     119
I Was There: Shannon's House of Gadgets     120
Chronology     121
Further Reading     122
Communicating with Computers: Joseph Licklider and the Internet     124
Models, Machines, and Minds     125
The New Brain Science     126
Communications at War     126
The Human-Machine Partnership     127
Professor at MIT     128
Interactive Computing      129
Time-sharing     130
The "Galactic Network"     131
Fostering Computer Science     132
Other Scientists: Leonard Kleinrock and Larry Roberts     134
Toward the Internet     136
I Was There: The Birth of a Network     137
A Lasting Legacy     138
Chronology     139
Further Reading     140
Information at our Fingertips: Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web     142
At Home with Technology     142
Enquire Within     143
The Information Explosion     144
Data Dilemmas     145
Forging Links     145
The Open World of Hypertext     147
Linking to the Internet     148
Trends: Who Is Using the Web, and How?     150
Weaving the Web     151
The Web Grows     152
Other Inventors: Marc Andreessen     154
Shaping the Future     155
Social Impact: Governing the Web     156
A Better Web?     157
Chronology     158
Further Reading     159
Living in Cyberspace: Howard Rheingold and Virtual Communities     161
Tools for Thought      161
Plunging into Cyberspace     164
Virtual Communities     164
Parallels: Online Games     166
"Smart Mobs"     167
Connections: Finding Friends     168
Prolific Writer     169
Social Impact: Communities of Cooperation     170
Community Builder     171
Chronology     173
Further Reading     174
Chronology     177
Glossary     180
Further Resources     184
Index     191
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