Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century 'S on-Line Pioneers

Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century 'S on-Line Pioneers

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by Tom Standage
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802716040

ISBN-13: 9780802716040

Pub. Date: 09/18/2007

Publisher: Walker & Company

A new paperback edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses—the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first.

The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the

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A new paperback edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses—the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first.

The Victorian Internet tells the colorful 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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ISBN-13:
9780802716040
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/18/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.74(d)

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Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century 'S on-Line Pioneers 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Student20 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, The Victorian Internet is a wonderful book that showcases the telegraph, and how it changed society. The author did a nice job at highlighting the evolution of the telegraph. He made the transformation of the telegraph very easy to understand for the reader. Standage, the author, wanted to show the significant similarities between the telegraph and the internet, and he did so beautifully. The book isn't a boring read, it is filled with facts and stories to keep the readers attention. The Victorian Internet shows how the telegraph not only had many business and political attributes, but it shows how the telegraph unified a world that was once very distant. I would definitely recommend The Victorian Internet to anyone who wants to learn about the telegraph, or how technology had evolved over the years. The book is organized in a way that is easy to understand, and is very straight forward. Standage is very qualified to write this novel, and it shows in the amount of knowledge he puts into his work. This novel is packed full of facts and stories to keep the reader interested, and wanting to know more. It definitely was an easy read and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes technology, science, or history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion this book, The Victorian Internet, explains very well how the electric telegraph and telephone were created into an internet that was spread all across the U.S. and across the western nations. To start, a man named Claude Chappe created towers to expand communication. Then Samuel Morse created something called the telgraph. The electric telegrpah, after being stations being accepted by the government and public, created a way of communicating of people all over the country, and with an added fee, over the oceans. The telegraph is now known as the computer. Now the telephone was created to actually speak to other people. This is also still around today. This book was obviously made to show the perspectives of the inventors of todays technology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enojoyed this book very much and how Standage went all the way back to the sixteenth century and built on to the origins of the electric telegraph, along with important events that occured and the effects the telegraph had on those events. I was very interested in the start of the crime really having an effect on society. I never could grasp how someone could have a very useful piece of technology and commit a crime, but there are those who are greedy and/or desperate and have their various reasons. I was also interested in the establishment of the Atlantic Telegraph connecting the United States to Europe. Thinking about all of that hard work and time invested in just creating the wires alone would of had me exhausted, but thanks to William thomson, or Lord Kelvin, in fixing Whitmore's problem with the help of Henry Field. Altogether, I really was quite amazed with people's dedication to make the telegraph work, and how Standage explained all of this process in clear, concise, and flowing way that does not bore the reader. Even though I am more of a fantasy reader, this is a great historical book that is fascinating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My impression of The Victorian Internet was that is looks like an interesting book. After I read it, I liked how the author added information about how people got the idea of making a telegraph, how it changed communication, how it changed overall, and other such alluring aspects. The author's purpose was to tell the reader about how the telegraph was invented, and how it spread throughout the world. Tom Standage, the author, achieved his purpose. When he graduated he worked for very reputable newspapers and about the telegraph. Therefore, he is very capable of writing this book. Standage achieves his purpose of writing this book because he also does a ton of research in order to go in deep about the information. Thus, I think that Standage completes his purpose perfectly. I would only recommend this book if you want to know about the communication revolution and the people involved, and so forth. The book does not talk about "history" as in social, economic, political and environmental ideas. Consequently, like I have said, I would recommend this book if a person wants to know about the telegraph or is interested in the genre, science.