Television: An International History of the Formative Years

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IET, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 661 pages
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From the first notions of 'seeing by electricity' in 1878 through the period to Baird's demonstration of television in 1926 and up to 1940, when war brought the advance of the technology to a temporary halt, the development of TV gathered about it a tremendous history. In this meticulous and deeply researched book, Burns presents a balanced, thorough history of television to 1940, considering the factors technical, financial and social which influenced and led to the establishment of many of the world's high-definition TV broadcasting services. Highly illustrated throughout, this is a major book in the study of history of science, technology and media.
  

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Excellent, comprehensive history running to over 650 pages. Many illustrations/photos unfortunately the photos are rather poor photocopy quality. A must for any television technology historian.

Contents

Images and society c 16th century to c mid19th century
3
Images by wire picture telegraphy 1843c 1900
19
Seeing by electricity the earliest notions 18781880
35
Persistence of vision and moving images 1825c 1900
63
Distant vision 18801920
78
A possible way forward 19001920
101
Developments of importance to television
130
The breakthrough J L Baird and television the 1920s
143
RCA Sarnoff and television 19191932
403
RCA and allelectronic television 19331935
414
EMI Shoenberg and television 19311934
431
Progress in the UK and abroad 19341935
479
The London station and foreign developments 19351938
503
Television in the US 19351941
546
The worlds first regular public highdefinition service 19361939
576
The charge storage principle
618

The approaches of a lone inventor and a chief engineer the 1920s
195
Excellence in lowdefinition television 19251930
220
German and French developments the 1920s and early 1930s
242
Some lowdefinition television broadcasting services c 1930
283
Largescreen television 19301935
308
Part III
327
Early electronic camera tubes and the work of Farnsworth
346
Zworykin and the kinescope 19231930
377
Some patents on scanning 18891933
621
Characteristics of mechnical optical scanning systems
629
Brief survey of the present television situation The Gramophone Company Ltd 27 October 1930
630
Comparison of intensity and velocity modulation
635
Estimated cost of a television service from London and four regional stations
636
Bibliography
637
Index
640
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