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

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

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By (author) Tom Standage

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  • Publisher: WALKER & CO
  • Format: Paperback | 233 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 20mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 18 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802716040
  • ISBN 13: 9780802716040
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 123,006

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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.

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Tom Standage is the former technology editor and current business editor at the" Economist." He is the author of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses," "The Turk," and "The Neptune File."

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Praise for "The Victorian Internet" "A dot com cult classic,"--"Wall Street Journal" "I was simply fascinated by this book. It contains parallels between the reception of the telegraph and the Internet which I knew nothing about."--Vinton Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet "Sparkling."--"Forbes" "Fascinating If you've ever hankered for a perspective on media Net hype, this book is for you."--"Wired" "A delightful book."--"Smithsonian """ "A fascinating walk through a pivotal period in human history."--"USA Today" "An entertaining primer on a complex subject of increasing interest."--"Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review""" "An admirably efficient and concise telling of the story of the rise and decline of the telegraph."--Henry Petroski, author of "The Pencil"""