Submarine Telegraphy and the Hunt for Gutta Percha

Challenge and Opportunity in a Global Trade

Author: Helen Godfrey

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004357289

Category: History

Page: 342

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In Submarine Telegraphy and the Hunt for Gutta Percha, Helen Godfrey traces the connections between submarine telegraphy and the peoples of Singapore and Sarawak (Borneo) who supplied 'gutta percha', the latex used as insulation for the world’s undersea telegraph cables.
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Pursuing Power and Light

Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein

Author: Bruce J. Hunt

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801898315

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Hunt translates his often-demanding material into engaging and accessible language suitable for undergraduate students of the history of science and technology.
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The Morals of Measurement

Accuracy, Irony, and Trust in Late Victorian Electrical Practice

Author: Graeme Gooday

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521430982

Category: History

Page: 285

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The Morals of Measurement is a contribution to the social histories of quantification and electrical technology in nineteenth-century Britain, Germany and France. It shows how the advent of commercial electrical lighting stimulated the industrialization of electrical measurement from a skilled labour-intensive activity to a mechanized practice. Challenging traditional accounts that focus on the metrological standards used in measurement, this book shows the central importance of trust when measurement was undertaken in an increasingly complex division of labour. Alongside ambiguities about the very nature of measurement and the respective responsibilities of humans and technologies in generating error-free numbers, the book also addresses controversies over the changing identity of the measurer through the themes of body, gender and authorship. The reader will gain fresh insights into a period when measurement was widely treated as the definitive means of gaining knowledge of the world.
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Pursuing Power and Light

Technology and Physics from James Watt to Albert Einstein

Author: Bruce J. Hunt

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801893585

Category: Science

Page: 182

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In the nineteenth century, science and technology developed a close and continuing relationship. The important advancements in physics were deeply rooted in the new technologies of the steam engine, the telegraph, and electric power and light. The author explores how the leading technologies of the industrial age helped reshape modern physics.
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Submarine Telegraphs

Their History, Construction, and Working

Author: Charles Bright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cables, Submarine

Page: 744

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Submarine Telegraphs

Their History, Construction, and Working. Founded in Part on Wünschendorff's 'Traité de Télegraphie Sous-marine' and Compiled from Authoritative and Exclusive Sources

Author: Sir Charles Bright

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Cables, Submarine

Page: 744

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Mechanics Magazine

Author: John I Knight

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Electrical Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Electrical engineering

Page: N.A

View: 1796

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Telegraphic Journal

A Weekly Record of Electrical and Scientific Progress

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Telegraph

Page: N.A

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The New Larned History for Ready Reference, Reading and Research

The Actual Words of the World's Best Historians, Biographers and Specialists; a Complete System of History for All Uses, Extending to All Countries and Subjects and Representing the Better and Newer Literature of History

Author: Josephus Nelson Larned

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: N.A

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A Victorian Scientist and Engineer

Fleeming Jenkin and the Birth of Electrical Engineering

Author: Gillian Cookson,Colin Hempstead

Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780754600794

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 217

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In a life of only 52 years, Fleeming Jenkin established his reputation as a pioneer in the new world of electrical engineering, known for his work on undersea telegraphs and later on the electrical transportation system known as telpherage. Equally at ease in the realms of theory and practice, from 1850 until his death in 1885 Jenkin engaged in every field of Victorian engineering. As a young adult he worked on intercontinental submarine telegraphy, the cutting edge technology of its day which was inextricably bound to the new science of electricity.Jenkin was both a scientist and an engineer, a prototype of the modern experimental research engineer. Yet in spite of his influence as an early electrical engineer and his other intellectual achievements, despite the celebrity of his associates - Robert Louis Stevenson, Mrs Gaskell and leading engineers of the day were among his close friends - and the way that submarine telegraphs seized the Victorian popular imagination, Jenkin himself has remained an obscure figure. He deserves to be better known. The story of Jenkin is of a life lived to the full. It illuminates many aspects of Victorian intellectual society, and of the organisation of science and engineering in his time. The central purpose of this biography is to show Jenkin's achievements in engineering and in other fields, and to judge his significance in these diverse activities.
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The Undersea Network

Author: Nicole Starosielski

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376229

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography. Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs.
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When Old Technologies Were New

Thinking About Electric Communication in the Late Nineteenth Century

Author: Carolyn Marvin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198021384

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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In the history of electronic communication, the last quarter of the nineteenth century holds a special place, for it was during this period that the telephone, phonograph, electric light, wireless, and cinema were all invented. In When old Technologies Were New, Carolyn Marvin explores how two of these new inventions--the telephone and the electric light--were publicly envisioned at the end of the nineteenth century, as seen in specialized engineering journals and popular media. Marvin pays particular attention to the telephone, describing how it disrupted established social relations, unsettling customary ways of dividing the private person and family from the more public setting of the community. On the lighter side, she describes how people spoke louder when calling long distance, and how they worried about catching contagious diseases over the phone. A particularly powerful chapter deals with telephonic precursors of radio broadcasting--the "Telephone Herald" in New York and the "Telefon Hirmondo" of Hungary--and the conflict between the technological development of broadcasting and the attempt to impose a homogenous, ethnocentric variant of Anglo-Saxon culture on the public. While focusing on the way professionals in the electronics field tried to control the new media, Marvin also illuminates the broader social impact, presenting a wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining account of the early years of electronic media.
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