The Victorian Internet

The Victorian Internet

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

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Baker & Taylor
Offers a historical review of the development of the telegraph network, from its invention by Samuel Morse in the nineteenth century to the present day, exploring its social, cultural, economic, and political influence on the world throughout its existence. By the author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
A new paperback edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses--the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world's first "Internet," which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first.

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.


Holtzbrinck
A new paperback edition of the first book by the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses—the fascinating story of the telegraph, the world’s first “Internet,” which revolutionized the nineteenth century even more than the Internet has the twentieth and twenty first.
 
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.


Baker
& Taylor

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.

Publisher: New York : Walker, 2007
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780802716040
0802716040
Branch Call Number: 384.109 STAND
Characteristics: xv, 233 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Notes: Includes new afterword

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ANDRES SALGADO
Jul 04, 2017

An unequivocal recollection of how the telegraph shaped the world by allowing people to freely communicate over vast distances.
On a not so optimistic note, I can't help to draw an exact parallel between the demise of the telegraph and what could be happening to the internet in the next few years. There will inevitably be something else replacing it.

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SeattleSaul
Apr 28, 2016

A well-written account of the development, use and abuse of the nineteenth century's penultimate communication invention. Written in clear, non-technical language but with enough explanation to convey how the telegraph worked, and how it led to even better inventions like the telephone. It gives one pause to think about our obsession with the Internet and to wonder what's next.

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ANDRES SALGADO
Jul 04, 2017

The growth of the telegraph network was, in fact, nothing short of explosive; it grew so fast that it was almost impossible to keep track of its size.

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