Synopses & Reviews
The invention of the telegraph and the "online" pioneers who ensured the communications revolution.
In the 19th century, the first online communications network was in place. The saga of the telegraph offers parallels to that of the Internet and is a remarkable episode in technological history.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -217) and index.
Table of Contents
The mother of all networks -- Strange, fierce fire -- Electric skeptics -- The thrill electric -- Wiring the world -- Steam-powered messages -- Codes, hackers, and cheats -- Love over the wires -- War and peace in the global village -- Information overload -- Decline and fall -- The legacy of the telegraph.