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

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 14, 2018 - 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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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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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

So, this is a fairly dull and easy to read history of the telegraph. The earlier chapters are certainly the most interesting, but it very much glosses over electric theory of the time, and how ... Read full review

Contents

The Mother of All Networks
1
Strange Fierce Fire
22
Electric Skeptics
41
The Thrill Electric
57
Wiring the World
74
SteamPowered Messages
92
Information Overload
164
Decline and Fall
181
The Legacy of the Telegraph
201
Afterword
214
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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.

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