The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Centuryʼs On-line Pioneers

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Berkley Books, 1999 - Science - 227 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

So, this is a fairly dull and easy to read history of the telegraph. The earlier chapters are certainly the most interesting, but it very much glosses over electric theory of the time, and how ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stbalbach - LibraryThing

The Victorian Internet was published in 1998 at the height of the Internet's new popularity. At the time I thought an analogy with telegraphy seemed like a cheap gimmick and so I didn't read it ... Read full review

Contents

The Mother of All Networks
1
Strange Fierce Fire
22
Electric Skeptics
41
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Tom Standage is a journalist and author from England. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the business editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired, The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph. His non-fiction works include The Victorian Internet, A History of the World in Six Glasses, An Edible History of Humanity (on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014), and Writing on the Wall: Social Media -- The First 2,000 Years.

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