Innovation and the Communications Revolution: From the Victorian Pioneers to Broadband Internet

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IET, 2002 - Science - 313 pages
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This book describes the stage-by-stage creation and development, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, of the remarkable global communications technologies that have profoundly transformed the way that people live and work.

Written in a highly readable style, this book provides a fascinating account of the key innovators from Faraday, Maxwell and Hertz to the inventors of the transistor, microchip, optical fibre systems and the World Wide Web. The book explores the background and motivation of these pioneers and the social and economic environment in which they worked. The significance of each innovative step is shown in terms of the impact - in scale and relevance - on today's communications world. John Bray also looks to the future for innovations yet to come.

This book will be interest to all those interested in the human thread running through the history of technological advances in telecommunications and broadcasting.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Creators of the mathematical and scientific foundations
7
3 The first telegraph and cable engineers
31
4 The first telephone engineers
43
5 Inventors of the thermionic valve
53
6 The telegraphtelephone frequencydivision multiplex transmission engineers
59
7 Pioneers of radio communication
65
8 Pioneers of sound radio broadcasting
83
14 The pioneers of electromechanical and computercontrolled electronic exchange switching systems
179
15 The first satellite communication engineers
201
an unfulfilled vision
217
the first transAtlantic system
227
18 Inventors of the visual telecommunication systems
251
data communication
267
20 Growth of the Internet and the World Wide Web
281
21 The development of the mobile radio service
287

9 Pioneers of television broadcasting
95
the first transAtlantic telephone cable
113
11 The first microwave radiorelay engineers
129
a worldwide revolution in electronics
149
13 The creators of information theory pulsecode modulation and digital techniques
169
22 Telecommunications and the future
295
Name index
305
Subject index
309
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