Communications: An International History of the Formative Years

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IET, 2004 - History - 639 pages
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The history of communications is extensive and this book explains how communications have evolved from the time of Aeschylus's Agamemnon (485BC) to circa 1940. It discusses the essential factors - technical, political, social, economic and general - which have enabled modern communications to evolve from early primitive stages of development. Considerable endeavour has been taken to present the views of scientistists and engineers, newspaper reporters and editors, cartoonists and others so that the progress of communications is seen from the perspective of the times and not from the standpoint of a later generation. Many hundreds of references to primary and secondary sources have been detailed and the text contains many diagrams, photographs and tables of data.
  

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Contents

1 Communication among the ancients
1
2 Semaphore signalling
29
3 The development of electric telegraphy from c 17501850
57
4 Electric telegraphy commercial and social considerations
93
5 Submarine telegraphy
125
6 The telephone
165
7 Optical communications
191
8 Images by wire picture telegraphy 1843c 1900
207
15 Television development pre1914
387
16 The Great War years 19141918
401
17 The birth of sound broadcasting
423
18 Some important developments in the 1920s
451
19 The rise and fall of low definition television c 1920c 1930
479
20 The birth of high definition television
511
21 EMI and high definition television
541
22 The emergence of new technologies
575

9 Distant vision c 18801908
227
10 The early wireless pioneers
253
11 Early experimental wireless telegraphy 18951898
281
12 Other wireless developments
313
13 Maritime wireless telegraphy
343
14 Pointtopoint communications
373
23 Epilogue
603
Appendices
613
Bibliography
625
Index
629
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