The Worldwide History of Telecommunications

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 31, 2003 - Technology & Engineering - 638 pages
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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"

  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Evolution of Telecommunications Up to 1800
14
Evolution of Telecommunications from 1800 to 1850
29
Optical Telegraph Systems Worldwide
34
Electrical Telegraphy
48
Evolution of Telecommunications from 1850 to 1900
87
Image Telegraphy
147
Telephony
153
Cryptography
350
International Cooperation
357
Evolution of Telecommunications from 1950 to 2000
363
RadioRelay Networks
369
Coaxial Cable Transmission
397
Satellite Transmission
407
Optical Fiber Transmission
445
Electronic Switching
480

Telephone Switching
188
Radio Transmission
199
International Cooperation
217
Evolution of Telecommunications from 1900 to 1950
225
Electromechanical Telephone Switching
237
HighFrequency Radio Transmission
269
Phototelegraphy
294
Teleprinters
300
CopperLine Transmission
308
RadioRelay Transmission
337
Telex
510
Cellular Radio
519
Telephony and Deregulation
546
Multimedia
580
International Cooperation
597
B Worldwide Statistics of Population Internet Users Cellular Phones
607
Glossary
613
INDEX
621
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

ANTON A. HUURDEMAN studied electrical engineering in Amsterdam and international business at Nyenrode University. He made a career in the exportation of telecommunications systems, working successively for Telefunken, ITT, and Alcatel. In 1992, he retired from his position as Transmission Product Manager at Alcatel headquarters in Paris to become an independent telecommunications author living in the Black Forest. He is married and has two children.

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