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Milestones in Discovery and Invention is an eight-volume set in accordance with an easy but strong idea-that technology and know-how are essential to people's day-by-day lives when it comes to how they comprehend the area and every different. Combining biography medical reasoning, and background, each one quantity describes the circulation of clinical and technological principles during the concepts that affected society and made extra learn possible.Communications and Broadcasting, Revised version is an interesting review of 10 people who contributed considerably to the improvement of contemporary communications. every one bankruptcy includes appropriate info at the person's learn, accomplishments, moral or expert stumbling blocks, and lasting contributions and concludes with a chronology and an inventory of specific print and net references.The participants (and their parts of study or accomplishment) profiled are: Samuel Morse (the electromagnetic telegraph), Alexander Graham Bell (the telephone), Thomas Edison (sound recording and movement pictures), Guglielmo Marconi (the instant telegraph), Edwin Armstrong (radio broadcasting), Philo Farnsworth (television), Claude Shannon (information theory), Joseph Licklider (the Internet), Tim Berners-Lee (the worldwide Web), Howard Rheingold (virtual communities). Communications and Broadcasting, Revised version contains forty black-and-white images and line illustrations, a thesaurus, a chronology of extraordinary occasions, a listing of print and net assets, and an index. Milestones in Discovery and Invention is a necessary set for college kids, academics, and basic readers that gives perception into the human quest for knowing, exploration, andinnovation.

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Accessed on August 28, 2006. Includes information about Morse, a time line, and links to illustrations such as the original patent drawings for the telegraph. Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History. ” Available 18 Communications and Broadcasting online. html. Accessed on December 27, 2005. Includes a series of historical photos chronicling the development of communications and information technology from the telegraph to early computers. ” Available online. shtml#contents.

M. The Telephone Book: Bell, Watson, Vail and American Life, 1876–1976. : Riverwood Publishers, 1977. An illustrated history that puts the telephone in the context of the role technology has played in American society. VOICES ON THE WIRES 33 Brooks, John. Telephone: The First Hundred Years. New York: Harper & Row, 1975. Deals mainly with the development of the telephone industry. Lubar, Stephen. InfoCulture: The Smithsonian Book of Information Age Inventions. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Includes an account of Bell’s invention of the telephone.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, both sides began to realize that technology had become an important part of the war effort. Railroads could move troops and supplies into battle at unprecedented speeds. The telegraph made it possible to coordinate military operations across hundreds of miles. By the end of the war in 1865, the Union had built 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of military telegraph line and handled more than 6 million messages. The Confederates, who trailed the North in technology and resources, built only 1,000 miles (1600 km) and relied mainly on existing commercial lines.

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