Getting the Message: A History of Communications / Edition 1

Getting the Message: A History of Communications / Edition 1

by Laszlo Solymar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198503334

ISBN-13: 9780198503330

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The past century has seen developments in communications technology that rival those in any other field of human activity. Significant advances are made every year, and the impact on our day-to-day lives has been tremendous. Getting the message explores the fascinating history of communications, starting with ancient civilizations, the Greeks and Romans, then

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The past century has seen developments in communications technology that rival those in any other field of human activity. Significant advances are made every year, and the impact on our day-to-day lives has been tremendous. Getting the message explores the fascinating history of communications, starting with ancient civilizations, the Greeks and Romans, then leading through the development of the electric telegraph, and up to the present day with e-mail and cellular phones. In clear, non-technical language the book explains the details of each new development while interweaving ideas from politics, economics, and cultural history. The book concludes with a look at the possible future developments and how they may further transform how we live. Lavishly illustrated and including many original illustrations, the book is an informative and highly entertaining guide to this lively field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198503330
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Figure acknowledgements
PART I: The first thirty-six centuries
1. Introduction
2. The beginnings of communications
3. The mechanical telegraph
PART II: The beginning of electrical communications
4. The electrical telegraph
5. The telephone
6. Wireless telegraphy
7. The telephone revisited
PART III: The modern age
8. The communications revolution
9. Microwaves
10. The solid state revolution
11. Digitalization
12. Optical communications
13. Deregulation and privatization
14. Mobile communications
15. The fax machine
16. The communications-computing symbiosis
17. The future
Appendix: The mechanical telegraph in other countries
Bibliography
Index

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