Communications : an international history of the formative years / Russell Burns.
- illustrated edition
- Stevenage, U.K. : Institution of Electrical Engineers ©2004
- 0863413307 (pbk.)
- Formerly CIP.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -628) and index.
- Communication among the ancients -- Semaphore signaling -- The development of electric telegraphy from c. 1750-1850 -- Electric telegraphy--commercial and social considerations -- Submarine telegraphy -- The telephone -- Optical communications -- Images by wire, picture telegraphy (1843-c. 1900) -- Distant vision (c. 1880-1908) -- The early wireless pioneers -- Early experimental wireless telegraphy (1895-1898) -- Other wireless developments -- Maritime wireless telegraphy -- Point-to-point communications -- Television development, pre-1914 -- The Great War years, 1914-1918 -- The birth of sound broadcasting -- Some important developments in the 1920s -- The rise and fall of low definition television, c. 1920-c. 1930 -- The birth of high definition television -- EMI and high definition television -- The emergence of new technologies.
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- Neither a descriptive chronicle of dates, nor a catalogue of devices and systems, this volume uncovers the decisive factors including the technical, political, social and economic, that have enabled modern communications to evolve from early primitive stages of development.