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The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage (used book)
The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage (used book)

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Book Condition: Used - Very Good

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Book condition is Used - Very Good.

The Victorian Internet is a hardcover book published in 1998, about 227 pages in length and 8.0 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches in size. The Victorian Internet offers a historical review of the telegraph network, from its invention by Samuel Morse in the nineteenth century to the present day, exploring the social and political effects it has had on the world throughout its existence.

For thousands of years people had communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel. Generations of innovators tried to develop speedier messaging devices, including "magical" needles that relied more on telepathy than technology. Then, over the course of three decades in the mid-1800s, a few extraordinary pioneers at last succeeded. Their invention - the electric telegraph - nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before, or since.

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, whose experiments proved that electricity could be transmitted over great distances, to Samuel F. B. Morse, who developed the first practical electric telegraph in 1837, to Thomas Edison, who began his career in the telegraph business and proposed to his wife by tapping Morse code on her hand, Tom Standage tells a colorful tale of scientific discovery, technological cunning, personal rivalry, and cutthroat competition.

By 1865 telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans, revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another. The telegraph gave rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime. Romances blossomed over the wires. Secret codes were devised by some users, and cracked by others. The benefits of the network were relentlessly hyped by its advocates and dismissed by the skeptics. Government regulators tried and failed to control the new medium. And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought.

The telegraph unleashed the greatest revolution in communications since the development of the printing press. Its saga offers many parallels to that of the Internet in our own time, and is a fascinating episode in the history of technology.

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