The Victorian Internet

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781620405925
Release Date: 2014-02-25
Genre: History

A new paperback 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

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802718795
Release Date: 2009-05-26
Genre: History

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.

The Victorian Internet

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780802713421
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: History

Offers a historical review of the telegraph network, from its invention by Samuel Morse in the nineteenth century to the present day, exploring the social and political effects it has had on the world throughout its existence.

Innovation and the Communications Revolution

Author: John Bray
Publisher: IET
ISBN: 0852962185
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Science

This book provides a fascinating account of the origins and development of the technology that has transformed telecommunication and broadcasting and created the Internet. It depicts this remarkable human achievement by identifying the key innovators whose ideas created today's world of communications, from the Victorian scientists and mathematicians to the present day engineers. Written in a highly readable style, this book shows the impact of each innovation upon today's world of communications technology, and looks to the future for the innovations to come. The author writes from a unique position as he was a principal player in the development of 20th Century telecommunications engineering.

The Telegraph

Author: Lewis Coe
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786418087
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: History

Discusses Morse's invention and its impact on communication, details the creation of the first transcontinental telegraph line, explores its effect on the Civil War, and looks at advances in telegraph technology.

The Telegraph in America 1832 1920

Author: David Hochfelder
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9781421407975
Release Date: 2012-12-07
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Telegraphy in the nineteenth century approximated the internet in our own day. Historian and electrical engineer David Hochfelder offers readers a comprehensive history of this groundbreaking technology, which employs breaks in an electrical current to send code along miles of wire. The Telegraph in America, 1832–1920, examines the correlation between technological innovation and social change and shows how this transformative relationship helps us to understand and perhaps define modernity. The telegraph revolutionized the spread of information—speeding personal messages, news of public events, and details of stock fluctuations. During the Civil War, telegraphed intelligence and high-level directives gave the Union war effort a critical advantage. Afterward, the telegraph helped build and break fortunes and, along with the railroad, altered the way Americans thought about time and space. Hochfelder thus supplies us with an introduction to the early stirrings of the information age. -- Richard R. John, Columbia University

Writing on the Wall

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781408842072
Release Date: 2013-10-10
Genre: Business & Economics

Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation. Standage traces the story of the rise, fall and rebirth of social media over the past 2,000 years offering an illuminating perspective on the history of media, and revealing that social networks do not merely connect us today ? they also link us to the past.

A Thread Across the Ocean

Author: John Steele Gordon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802713643
Release Date: 2002-06-01
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Describes the successful laying of a cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1866, exploring the physical, financial, and technological challenges of the project and assessing the impact of the cable on the course of twentieth-century history.

Digital Universe

Author: Peter B. Seel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781405153300
Release Date: 2012-02-13
Genre: Social Science

For the student and general reader, a tour of the digital universe that offers critical observations and new perspectives on human communication and intelligence. Traces the development and diffusion of digital information and communication technologies, providing an analysis of trans-cultural effects among developed and developing nations Provides a balanced analysis of the pros and cons of the adoption and diffusion of digital technologies Explores privacy, censorship, the digital divide, online games, and virtual and augmented realities Follows a thematic structure, allowing readers to access the text at any point, based on their interests Accompanying resources provide a wealth of related online content Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Sweating Bullets

Author: Robert Gaskins
Publisher: Vinland Books
ISBN: 9780985142407
Release Date: 2012-04-20
Genre: Computers

PowerPoint was the first presentation software designed for Macintosh and Windows, received the first venture capital investment ever made by Apple, then became the first significant acquisition ever made by Microsoft, who set up a new Graphics Business Unit in Silicon Valley to develop it further. Now, twenty-five years later, PowerPoint is installed on more than one billion computers, worldwide. In this book, Robert Gaskins (who invented the idea, managed its design and development, and then headed the new Microsoft group) tells the story of its first years, recounting the perils and disasters narrowly evaded as a startup, dissecting the complexities of being the first distant development group in Microsoft, and explaining decisions and insights that enabled PowerPoint to become a lasting success well beyond its original business uses.

History of Wireless

Author: T. K. Sarkar
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471783015
Release Date: 2006-01-30
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Important new insights into how various components and systems evolved Premised on the idea that one cannot know a science without knowing its history, History of Wireless offers a lively new treatment that introduces previously unacknowledged pioneers and developments, setting a new standard for understanding the evolution of this important technology. Starting with the background-magnetism, electricity, light, and Maxwell's Electromagnetic Theory-this book offers new insights into the initial theory and experimental exploration of wireless. In addition to the well-known contributions of Maxwell, Hertz, and Marconi, it examines work done by Heaviside, Tesla, and passionate amateurs such as the Kentucky melon farmer Nathan Stubblefield and the unsung hero Antonio Meucci. Looking at the story from mathematical, physics, technical, and other perspectives, the clearly written text describes the development of wireless within a vivid scientific milieu. History of Wireless also goes into other key areas, including: The work of J. C. Bose and J. A. Fleming German, Japanese, and Soviet contributions to physics and applications of electromagnetic oscillations and waves Wireless telegraphic and telephonic development and attempts to achieve transatlantic wireless communications Wireless telegraphy in South Africa in the early twentieth century Antenna development in Japan: past and present Soviet quasi-optics at near-mm and sub-mm wavelengths The evolution of electromagnetic waveguides The history of phased array antennas Augmenting the typical, Marconi-centered approach, History of Wireless fills in the conventionally accepted story with attention to more specific, less-known discoveries and individuals, and challenges traditional assumptions about the origins and growth of wireless. This allows for a more comprehensive understanding of how various components and systems evolved. Written in a clear tone with a broad scientific audience in mind, this exciting and thorough treatment is sure to become a classic in the field.

The Mechanical Turk

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 014029919X
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This title tells the true story of the Turk, the infamous 18th-century automation. The story links an unlikely cast of historical characters, from Napoleon, Beethoven and Poe to the pioneers of the computer age, and provides an accessible way of examining the complex relationship between magic, man, mind and machine, from the Enlightenment to the computer age.

An Edible History of Humanity

Author: Tom Standage
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802719911
Release Date: 2010-04-27
Genre: Cooking

A lighthearted chronicle of how foods have transformed human culture throughout the ages traces the barley- and wheat-driven early civilizations of the near East through the corn and potato industries in America.

Managing Innovation

Author: Joe Tidd
Publisher: Wiley Global Education
ISBN: 9781119379409
Release Date: 2018-05-14
Genre: Business & Economics

Managing Innovation is the bestselling text for graduate and undergraduate students and a classic in the field. Emphasizing practical, evidence based tools and resources, this title provides students with the knowledge base to successfully manage innovation, technology, and new product development. The holistic approach addresses the interplay between the markets, technology, and the organization, while relating the unique skill set required to manage innovation and innovation processes. The sixth edition of Managing Innovation continues to include the popular “Innovation in Action” sections in each chapter which are now newly titled Case Studies, and also features a number of new cases, updated and new research notes and references, and links to videos, audio interviews, activities, and case studies. The sixth edition also features new material on emerging innovation themes, including business model innovation, user innovation, crowd-sourcing, creativity, entrepreneurship, service innovation, public services, and more. The rapid pace of the field's evolution has brought an increase in multi-disciplinary approaches and skills, while expanding the available tool kit and pushing the boundaries of possibility forward. This text provides expert navigation through the abundance of new data, new methods, new concepts, and approaches — but it is designed to encourage and support tailored experimentation, not replace it. Equipped with a strong foundation and a productive innovation management mindset, today’s students will be equipped to bring about the era’s next great advances.

Leonardo s Mountain Of Clams

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781409000389
Release Date: 2010-10-31
Genre: Nature

Stephen Jay Gould's writing remains the modern standard by which popular science writing is judged. Ever since the last 1970s, his monthly essay in Natural History and his full-length books have bridged the yawning gap between science and the wider culture. This fascinating new collection of essays contains some of Gould's bestw riting on a variety of subjects ranging from Leonardo da Vinci and Martin Luther to fossils and the history of science. As always, these essays brillantly display his gift for colloquial and vivid explanation, and include fascinating oddities from the natural world and the printed word.