The Victorian Internet: the Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's Online Pioneers

The Victorian Internet: the Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's Online Pioneers


By (author) Tom Standage

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  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 20mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0753807033
  • ISBN 13: 9780753807033
  • Illustrations note: Colour 32
  • Sales rank: 927,930

Product description

Beginning with the Abbe Nollet's famous experiment of 1746, when he successfully demonstrated that electricity could pass from one end to the other of a chain of two hundred monks, Tom Standage tells the story of the spread of the telegraph and its transformation of the Victorian world. The telegraph was greeted by all the same concerns, hype, social panic and excitement that now surround the Internet, and Standage provides both a fascinating insight into the past and a context in which to think rather differently of today's concerns. Standage has a wonderful prose style and an excellent eye for the telling and engaging story. Popular history at its best.

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Author information

Tom Standage is science correspondent at the ECONOMIST. He is married and lives in Greenwich.

Editorial reviews

Web sites and e-mails, surfing and down-loading: everyone's doing it. It's the latest thing, that's why. Or is it? This timely book reminds us that, in a sense, we have been here before. The mid-Victorian period witnessed a communications revolution of no less, and in some ways rather more, significance than the spread of the Internet, in the form of the telegraph. For the first time people could communicate across nations and around the world in seconds and minutes rather than days and weeks. It transformed the flow of information, the conduct of business and the exercise of government; it created the first 'global village'. Standage tells the resonant story of the remarkable individuals who created this technology in Britain and America and of the many surprising uses to which it was put. (Kirkus UK)