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Dot-Dash to Dot.Com

How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet

Authors: Wheen, Andrew

  • Chronicles the development of telecommunications technology from the electric telegraph to the Internet
  • Appeals to a wide audience by explaining complex technologies in simple terms
  • Explains the origins of modern telecommunications to a wide and less technical audience
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The profusion of websites and applications that characterise the modern Internet may seem a far cry from the primitive telegraph system of the late 1830s. There is, however, a direct link. The invention of the electric telegraph paved the way for telephone networks which, in turn, laid the foundations for today's Internet. In less than 170 years, simple arrangements of magnets, switches and cables evolved to become the largest and most complex machine in the world. How did this happen? What were the inventions that shaped modern communications? Who were the key players in this amazing story? How does the Internet work? And what is coming next? This fascinating and long-overdue book answers these and many other questions, bringing to life the characters, the times they live in, and the technological revolution that they brought about. Dot-Dash to Dot.com: - describes some truly heroic feats of 19th century engineering, and the impact that the first telecommunication systems had on the Victorian world; - reveals how the success of the electric telegraph led to the development of the telephone and the fax machine; - explores the early experiments that led to the Internet and the World Wide Web; - explains how networks work - and why they sometimes don't; - chronicles the phenomenal growth of mobile networks; - describes how the digital revolution is driving the introduction of "next generation networks;" - examines the extraordinary growth in network applications; and - introduces a number of larger-than-life characters, whose inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair left an indelible mark on the modern world.

About the authors

Andrew Wheen has worked in the telecommunications field since 1982. He has held senior engineering and product management roles with major suppliers of telecommunications equipment and was one of the original architects of the Energis network in the United Kingdom (now Cable & Wireless). More recently, he has worked as a management consultant in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. Dr. Wheen is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and is a Chartered Engineer. He is married with two children and lives near London.

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From the reviews:

“It serves as a primer for anyone with an interest or need to know about telecommunications. With its assumption of little technical knowledge, and bright writing style, Dot-Dash To Dot Com is perfect for a layman to read. … Dot-Dash To Dot Com strikes a thoughtful balance between the technical and human history. … I certainly enjoyed and learned from it.” (Bookbag, June, 2011)

“Wheen, an experienced UK-based telecommunications industry professional, presents a historical development of the telecommunications industry and demonstrates how inventions produced by the telecommunications revolution have changed the world. … explains how the Internet works and what lies ahead. The book reserves the more detailed technical discussions for the appendixes. Well illustrated, with an extensive glossary of terms used by the telecommunications industry at the end. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.” (F. A. Cassara, Choice, Vol. 48 (10), June, 2011)

“Dot-Dash to Dot Com by Andrew Wheen … is extremely easy to get straight into due to the author’s interesting historical facts and entertaining anecdotes of events that occurred in the early days of telecommunications. … I would definitely recommend this book to anyone generally interested in scientific historical books or if studying a telecommunications course. I found it an extremely easy read, very informative, well laid out with lots of great photos, some in color.” (Hazel Jones, Engineering and Technology Magazine, Vol. 6 (3), March, 2011)

“Andrew Wheen has done an excellent job of making a potentially complex subject entertaining, informative and accessible. Communications technology is used by everyone, so the book is relevant to everybody … . More technical detail is presented in a comprehensive section of footnotes - so 2 bookmarks are useful - and even more technical matters reside in Appendices that might be the realm of the serious A level student or first year undergraduate. … If you use the telephone read this book.” (W. Duncan, Amazon, July, 2011)


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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-6759-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dot-Dash to Dot.Com
Book Subtitle
How Modern Telecommunications Evolved from the Telegraph to the Internet
Authors
Series Title
Popular Science
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6760-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6760-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6759-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 302
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, Ltd.
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