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Communications: An International History of the Formative Years

Communications: An International History of the Formative Years

by Russell W. BurnsRussell W. Burns


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Communications: An international history of the formative years traces the evolution of communications from 500 BC, when fire beacons were used for signalling, to the 1940s, when high definition television systems were developed for the entertainment, education and enlightenment of society. The book does not simply provide a chronicle of dates and events, nor is it a descriptive catalogue of devices and systems. Rather, it discusses the essential factors - technical, political, social, economic and general - that enabled the evolution of modern communications. The author has taken a contextual approach to show the influence of one discipline upon another, and the unfolding story has been widely illustrated with contemporary quotations, allowing the progress of communications to be seen from the perspective of the times and not from the standpoint of a later generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863413308
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Publication date: 05/30/2004
Series: History and Management of Technology Series , #32
Pages: 652
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Russell W. Burns graduated from the University of Durham in 1948 with a first class honours degree in physics. Following post-graduate research he joined the Royal Naval Scientific Service in 1952. Professor Burns subsequently held various appointments in higher education in the UK and abroad, obtaining his PhD from the University of Leicester in 1976, and retired in 1989. He has been researching and writing on the history of electrical engineering for more than 30 years. He was awarded the IEE's SET Divisional Board Premium in 1993 and shared the Maxwell Premium in 1994. An IET Fellow, Professor Burns is a past chairman of the IEE's History of Technology professional group, Archives Committee and Science Education and Technology Divisional Board.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Communication among the ancients
  • Chapter 2: Semaphore signalling
  • Chapter 3: The development of electric telegraphy from c. 1750-1850
  • Chapter 4: Electric telegraphy - commercial and social considerations
  • Chapter 5: Submarine telegraphy
  • Chapter 6: The telephone
  • Chapter 7: Optical communications
  • Chapter 8: Images by wire, picture telegraphy (1843-c. 1900)
  • Chapter 9: Distant vision (c. 1880-1908)
  • Chapter 10: The early wireless pioneers
  • Chapter 11: Early experimental wireless telegraphy (1895-1898)
  • Chapter 12: Other wireless developments
  • Chapter 13: Maritime wireless telegraphy
  • Chapter 14: Point-to-point communications
  • Chapter 15: Television development, pre-1914
  • Chapter 16: The Great War years, 1914-1918
  • Chapter 17: The birth of sound broadcasting
  • Chapter 18: Some important developments in the 1920s
  • Chapter 19: The rise and fall of low definition television, c. 1920-c. 1930
  • Chapter 20: The birth of high definition television
  • Chapter 21: EMI and high definition television
  • Chapter 22: The emergence of new technologies
  • Chapter 23: Epilogue

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