The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Feb 25, 2014 - History - 256 pages
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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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User Review  - Matt Lech - Goodreads

I would disagree with the reviewer who deemed this book shallow, and thank him or her for allowing me the pleasure of having low expectations exceeded. It's brief, I would've preferred it twice the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Enjoyable if not especially profound history of the telegraph, and how remarkably similar it was to the modern internet and cell phone. Technology-specific language, romance with someone you've never ... Read full review

Contents

The Mother of All Networks
1
Strange Fierce Fire
22
Electric Skeptics
41
The Thrill Electric
57
Wiring the World
74
SteamPowered Messages
92
Information Overload
164
Decline and Fall
181
The Legacy of the Telegraph
201
Afterword
214
Copyright

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Tom Standage is the former technology editor and current business editor at the Economist. He is the author of Writing on the Wall: Social Media-The First 2000 Years, the bestseller A History of the World in 6 Glasses, An Edible History of Humanity, The Turk, and The Neptune File. He lives in London.

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