The Worldwide History of Telecommunications

The Worldwide History of Telecommunications

Author(s): Anton A. Huurdeman

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

Print ISBN: 9780471205050

Online ISBN: 9780471722243

DOI: 10.1002/0471722243

About this Book

The first comprehensive history of the Information Age... how we got there and where we are going

The exchange of information is essential for both the organization of nature and the social life of mankind. Until recently, communication between people was more or less limited by geographic proximity. Today, thanks to ongoing innovations in telecommunications, we live in an Information Age where distance has ceased to be an obstacle to the sharing of ideas.

The Worldwide History of Telecommunications is the first comprehensive history ever written on the subject, covering every aspect of telecommunications from a global perspective. In clear, easy-to-understand language, the author presents telecommunications as a uniquely human achievement, dependent on the contributions of many ingenious inventors, discoverers, physicists, and engineers over a period spanning more than two centuries.

From the crude signaling methods employed in antiquity all the way to today's digital era, The Worldwide History of Telecommunications features complete and fascinating coverage of the groundbreaking innovations that have served to make telecommunications the largest industry on earth, including:

  • Optical telegraphy
  • Electrical telegraphy via wires and cables
  • Telephony and telephone switching
  • Radio transmission technologies
  • Cryptography
  • Coaxial and optical fiber networks
  • Telex and telefax
  • Multimedia applications

Broad in scope, yet clear and logical in its presentation, this groundbreaking book will serve as an invaluable resource for anyone involved or merely curious about the ever evolving field of telecommunications.

AAP-PSP 2003 Award Winner for excellence in the discipline of the "History of Science"

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Introduction and Period Before 1800

  2. Part II: Period from 1800 to 1850

  3. Part III: Period from 1850 to 1900

  4. Part IV: Period from 1900 to 1950

  5. Part V: Period from 1950 to 2000

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