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

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

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By (author) Tom Standage, Foreword by Vinton Cerf

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 233 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 25 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 162040592X
  • ISBN 13: 9781620405925
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 182,283

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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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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.