Getting the Message: A History of Communications by Laszlo Solymar

Getting the Message: A History of Communications

byLaszlo Solymar

Hardcover | September 30, 1999

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The past century has seen developments in communications technology probably unrivalled in any other field of human activity. Significant advances are made every year, and both our work and leisure activities are critically influenced by these developments. Getting the message explores thefascinating history of communications, starting with ancient civilisations, the Greeks and Romans, then leading through the development of the electric telegraph, and up to the present day with email and cellular phones. The technology is explained in a particularly simple and accessible way, andthemes from politics, economics, and society weave in and out of the scientific ideas. The book concludes with a look at the possible future of communications, the new developments to come, and the implications these will have for our everyday lives. Lavishly illustrated, and including manyoriginal illustrations that show just how these new developments were received in their time, the book presents an informative and highly entertaining introduction to the field of communications.

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Laszlo Solymar is at Oxford University.

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Title:Getting the Message: A History of CommunicationsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.94 inPublished:September 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198503334

ISBN - 13:9780198503330

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Lazlo Solymar’s comprehensive history of communication begins with the Greeks and Romans, takes us through important developments such as the telephone and telegraph and concludes with the technological developments that characterize communication today, such as e-mail and cellular phones. Getting The Message: A History of Communications explains how technology functions or functioned in a simple and accessible way. This lavishly illustrated book concludes with new developments in the field of communications.

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`"...entertaining, well-illustrated history of communications from classical times until now"'Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2000