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 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.
©1998 Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2007 by Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2013 by Vinton Cerf (P)2015 Tantor
This topic is a favorite of mine and I already own 'A Thread Across the Ocean'. That book has as its subject the rather hurculean effort to lay down the first trans Atlantic cable. The title Victorian Internet is entirely apt; I came to the same conclussion years ago and this is a fine accounting of the entire affair.
"Everything comes in cycles"
Loved this book. Was waiting to read it for ages and was delighted when it popped up in my recommendations. The hype associated to the Internet and the telegraph is uncanny.
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