The Story of Wireless Telegraphy
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Fairy Tales of Science - Early Dreams of Wireless Telegraphy - The Conduction Method - Induction - The Magnetic Field - Electromagnetic Waves - Electricity and Light - Clerk-Maxwell's Theory - Researches of Hertz - First Hint of Etheric Telegraphy - Radiophony - Light Telegraphy.
The past century witnessed the discovery and development of many (as they may be called) fairy tales of science; but none of them - wonderful as they on their first inception seemed - strike the imagination with such a sense of the wonder-worker at play as the marvels of Wireless Telegraphy. Electric telegraphy itself was in the days of its early trials and successes regarded as something almost necromantic; and when pioneers in science began to speculate about and to forecast its application to ocean telegraphy they were regarded somewhat as moonstruck dreamers and phantasiasts of the castle-in-the-air variety.
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