Although the product of a self-proclaimed consensus politics, the British Empire was always based on communications supremacy and the knowledge of the atmosphere.
Using the metaphor of a thread of five pieces representing the categories science, industry, government, the military, and the education, this is the first book to study the relations between wireless and Empire throughout the interwar period.
It is also the first to make full use of the abundant archive material and rich sources existing in Britain and the Dominions.
The book examines the evolving connection between the development of imperial radio communications and atmospheric physics; the expansion and strength of the British radio industry and its relationship with the elucidation of the ionosphere; and the different extent to which Australia, Canada and New Zealand managed to emulate the British model of radio R&D in the interwar years.
The book ends with a highly original and provocative epilogue: 'The realist interpretation of the atmosphere'.
About the Author
Aitor Anduaga is a senior researcher at the Basque Museum of History of Medicine and Science and holds a Ph.D. in physics and a bachelor in philosophy. He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Oxford, Sydney, Montreal and Toronto, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science of Berlin and the Smithsonian Institution of Washington. He has published extensively on the social history of geophysics, physics and technology. He has a particular interest in the study of social and economic influences on the development of geophysics.
`A remarkable and surprising story.' Malcolm Longair, University of Cambridge
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 386
Published: 1st April 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.5 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.924