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Getting the Message : A History of Communications - Laszlo Solymar

Getting the Message

A History of Communications

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780198503330
Number Of Pages: 324

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The past century has seen developments in communications technology probably unrivalled in any other field of human activity. Significant advances are made every year, and both our work and leisure activities are critically influenced by these developments. Getting the message explores the fascinating history of communications, starting with ancient civilisations, the Greeks and Romans, then leading through the development of the electric telegraph, and up to the present day with email and cellular phones. The technology is explained in a particularly simple and accessible way, and themes from politics, economics, and society weave in and out of the scientific ideas. The book concludes with a look at the possible future of communications, the new developments to come, and the implications these will have for our everyday lives. Lavishly illustrated, and including many original illustrations that show just how these new developments were received in their time, the book presents an informative and highly entertaining introduction to the field of communications.

`"...a charming and lucid overview of the development of the science and engineering of point-to-point, long-distance signalling systems...Solymar has plenty of good stories to tell, a sense of whimsy and an insider's perspective...Anyone seeking to fathom the engineering infrastructure of communication in our time should read this handsome book...a work lovingly designed to instruct and delight."' Times Literary Supplement, 25th February 2000 `"...entertaining, well-illustrated history of communications from classical times until now"' Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2000

Figure acknowledgementsp. xi
The first thirty-six centuries
Introductionp. 3
The beginnings of communicationsp. 7
The mechanical telegraphp. 20
The beginning of electrical communications
The electrical telegraphp. 47
The telephonep. 99
Wireless telegraphyp. 130
The telephone revisitedp. 159
The modern age
The communications revolutionp. 175
Microwavesp. 178
The solid state revolutionp. 191
Digitalizationp. 204
Optical communicationsp. 217
Deregulation and privatizationp. 233
Mobile communicationsp. 240
The fax machinep. 252
The communications-computing symbiosisp. 266
The futurep. 289
The mechanical telegraph in other countriesp. 302
Bibliographyp. 304
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780198503330
ISBN-10: 0198503334
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.88