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The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Berkley Pub Group
Publication date October 1, 1999
Pages 227
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780425171691
ISBN-10 0425171698
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.46 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $14.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The first great communication revolution in American history is analyzed in this groundbreaking book, which recounts the story of the Victorian--a technology that baffled millions initially and changed the civilization permanently. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "A fascinating walk through a pivotal period in human history."--USA Today

For many people, the Internet is the epitome of cutting-edge technology. But in the nineteenth century, the first online communications network was already in place--the telegraph. And at the time, it was just as perplexing, controversial, and revolutionary as the Internet is today.

The Victorian Internet tells the story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it. With the invention of the telegraph, the world of communications was forever changed. The telegraph gave rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime. Romances blossomed over its wires. And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought. The saga of the telegraph offers many parallels to that of the Internet in our own time, and is a remarkable episode in the history of technology.

* Illustrated throughout
* A masterful, lively blend of science and history, in the bestselling tradition of Longitude

"Fascinating...If you've ever hankered for a perspective on media Net hype, this book is for you."--Wired

"Sparkling."--Forbes

"Essential reading for those caught up in our own information revolution."--Christian Science Monitor

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780802713421
 
from Walker & Co (October 1, 1998)
9780802713421 | details & prices | 227 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $22.00
About: 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
Paperback
Book cover for 9780425171691 Book cover for 9781620405925
 
Revised edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (February 25, 2014)
9781620405925 | details & prices | 233 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraphs 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 For Thousands of Years people communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel until the invention of the electric telegraph which nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since 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 eighteenth century French scientist Jean Antoine Nollet to Samuel F B Morse who developed the first practical electric telegraph in 1837 to Thomas Edison By 1865 telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another The new technology 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 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 Meanwhile out on the wires a technological subculture with its own customs and vocabulary was establishing itself The electric telegraph unleashed the greatest revolution in communication since the development of the printing press and its story prefigures that of the Internet in numerous intriguing ways Book jacket
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Reprint edition from Berkley Pub Group (October 1, 1999)
9780425171691 | details & prices | 227 pages | 6.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.46 lbs | List price $14.00
About: 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

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