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Read online The Victorian Internet.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Victorian Internet For centuries people communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel Generations of innovators tried and failed to develop speedier messaging devices But in the mid s a few extraordinary pioneers at last succeeded Their invention the electric telegraph shrank the world more quickly than ever before .

A colorful tale of scientific discovery and technological cunning i The Victorian Internet i tells the story of the telegraph s creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries oddballs and eccentrics who pioneered it By telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another The telegraph gave rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime Romances blossomed over the wires Secret codes were devised by some users and cracked by others The benefits of the network were relentlessly hyped by its advocates and dismissed by its skeptics And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought .

The telegraph unleashed the greatest revolution in communications since the development of the printing press Its saga offers many parallels to that of the Internet in our own time and is a fascinating episode in the history of technology by Tom Standage

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The Victorian Internet
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Number of Pages:240
Category:History, Non fiction, Technology, Science, Historical
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In a Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen was summoned to witness a show at the court of Maria Theresa So unimpressed was Kempelen by the performance that he declared he could do better himself and built The Turk a machine capable of playing chess This book tells the story of the machine s career, From the industrial revolution to the railway age through the era of electrification the advent of mass production and finally to the information age the same pattern keeps repeating itself An exciting vibrant phase of innovation and financial speculation is followed by a crash after which begins a longer more stately period during which the technology is actually deployed properly br br This collection of surveys and articles from i The Economist i examines how far technology has come and where it is heading br br Part one looks at topics such as the greying maturing of IT the growing importance of security the rise of outsourcing and the challenge of complexity all of which have more to do with implementation than innovation br br Part two looks at the shift from corporate computing towards consumer technology whereby new technologies now appear first in consumer gadgets such as mobile phones Topics covered will include the emergence of the mobile phone as the digital Swiss Army knife the rise of digital cameras which now outsell film based ones the growing size and importance of the games industry and its ever closer links with other more traditional parts of the entertainment industry and the social impact of technologies such as text messaging Wi Fi and camera phones br br Part three considers which technology will lead the next great phase of technological disruption and focuses on biotechnology energy technology and nanotechnology, Throughout human history certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period br br i A History of the World in Glasses i tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the st century through the lens of beer wine spirits coffee tea and cola Beer was first made in the Fertile Crescent and by B C E was so important to Mesopotamia and Egypt that it was used to pay wages In ancient Greece wine became the main export of her vast seaborne trade helping spread Greek culture abroad Spirits such as brandy and rum fueled the Age of Exploration fortifying seamen on long voyages and oiling the pernicious slave trade Although coffee originated in the Arab world it stoked revolutionary thought in Europe during the Age of Reason when coffeehouses became centers of intellectual exchange And hundreds of years after the Chinese began drinking tea it became especially popular in Britain with far reaching effects on British foreign policy Finally though carbonated drinks were invented in th century Europe they became a th century phenomenon and Coca Cola in particular is the leading symbol of globalization br br For Tom Standage each drink is a kind of technology a catalyst for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate interplay of different civilizations You may never look at your favorite drink the same way again br, For centuries people communicated across distances only as quickly as the fastest ship or horse could travel Generations of innovators tried and failed to develop speedier messaging devices But in the mid s a few extraordinary pioneers at last succeeded Their invention the electric telegraph shrank the world more quickly than ever before br br A colorful tale of scientific discovery and technological cunning i The Victorian Internet i tells the story of the telegraph s creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries oddballs and eccentrics who pioneered it By telegraph cables spanned continents and oceans revolutionizing the ways countries dealt with one another The telegraph gave rise to creative business practices and new forms of crime Romances blossomed over the wires Secret codes were devised by some users and cracked by others The benefits of the network were relentlessly hyped by its advocates and dismissed by its skeptics And attitudes toward everything from news gathering to war had to be completely rethought br br The telegraph unleashed the greatest revolution in communications since the development of the printing press Its saga offers many parallels to that of the Internet in our own time and is a fascinating episode in the history of technology