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

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

Tom Standage

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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Summary

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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