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A History of Wireless Telegraphy

A History of Wireless Telegraphy
Including Some Bare-Wire Proposals for Subaqueous Telegraphs


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  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108026864

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  • John Joseph Fahie (1846–1934) was an engineer for the Electric and International Telegraph Company before being posted overseas in the Indo-European Government Telegraph Department. He was also a respected historian whose History of Wireless Telegraphy (1899) sold out two impressions in little over a year. In this second edition (1901), he traces the development of wireless communication during the nineteenth century, drawing extensively from the correspondence and technical illustrations of inventors themselves. This edition was fully updated to take account of the latest advances in radio technology, including Marconi's latest public demonstrations. As a practising telegraph engineer, Fahie was in the perfect position not only to understand the significance of these developments, but to explain them to a non-specialist audience. Contemporary reviews indicate he did this with great success. His book gives an eyewitness account of the rise of radio technology that still fascinates scholars and enthusiasts today.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108026864
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to second edition
    Preface to first edition
    First Period – the Possible:
    1. Professor C. A. Steinheil, 1838
    2. Edward Davy, 1838
    3. Professor Morse, 1842
    4. James Bowman Lindsay, 1843
    5. J. W. Wilkins, 1845
    6. Dr. O'Shaughnessy, 1849
    7. E. and H. Highton, 1852–1872
    8. G. E. Dering, 1853
    9. John Haworth, 1862
    10. J. H. Mower, 1868
    11. M. Bourbouze, 1870
    12. Mahlon Loomis, 1872
    Second Period – the Practicable:
    1. Preliminary. Notice of the telephone in relation to wireless telegraphy
    2. Professor John Trowbridge, 1880
    3. Professor Graham Bell, 1882
    4. Professor A. E. Dolbear, 1882
    5. T. A. Edison, 1885
    6. W. F. Melhuish, 1890
    7. Charles A. Stevenson, 1892
    8. Professor Erich Rathenau, 1894
    Third Period – the Practical: Systems in actual use
    1. Sir W. H. Preece's method
    2. Willoughby Smith's method
    3. G. Marconi's method
    Appendix A. The relation between electricity and light, before and after Hertz
    Appendix B. Prof. Henry on high tension electricity being confined to the surface of conducting bodies, with special reference to the proper construction of lightning-rods. On modern views with respect to the nature of electric currents
    Appendix C. Variations of conductivity under electrical influence
    Appendix D. Researches of Prof. D. E. Hughes, F. R. S., in electric waves and their application to wireless telegraphy, 1879–1886
    Appendix E. Reprint of G. Marconi's patent

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