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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - History - 256 pages
A new 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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User Review  - m.belljackson - LibraryThing

Enjoyable tale of early ingenuity in sending messages long distances moves into great detail on development and final adoption of the electric telegraph. Though often slow moving, writing picks up ... Read full review

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I listened to this book in audio format and loved hearing about the invention of the telegraph, the Victorian Internet, and its impact on society. Read full review


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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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