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Connecting civilization : the growth of communication
Karwatka, Dennis.
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Publication Information:
Ann Arbor, Mich. : Prakken Publications, [2003]

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viii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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"Tech Directions Books"--T.p.
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P90 .K37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Written for undergraduate students and general readers, this book overviews the history of communication technology, from printing through television, with emphasis on the lives of the people who contributed to its evolution. The fields of electricity/electronics and computers are detailed, and inventions and technical processes are explained in a way that is both technically accurate and easy to understand. Many b & w photos of equipment of the past and key figures are included. Karwatka teaches at Morehead State University. The publisher offers a special price for purchasing this text along with two related volumes: Building Civilization: The Growth of Production and Moving Civilization; the Growth of Transportation.. Distributed by Prakken Publications. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Karwatka offers appealing but somewhat unusual combinations of history and biography. Each volume has 4 or 5 chapters on the history of its topic, followed by 40-plus biographies (averaging 3 pages each) of prominent people in the field. Connecting covers printing and photography, electricity and electronics, telegraphs and telephones, radio and television, and computers. Moving has chapters on ships and boats, trains, automobiles, and air transportation. The chronologically arranged biographical entries cover deceased individuals from the 15th through 20th centuries. The profiles, which are international in scope, offer biographical details but focus on the subjects' accomplishments. While the texts are readable, the arrangement makes the books somewhat choppy. Up-to-date bibliographies are located at the end of each chapter and biographical entry. Black-and-white photos show people as well as designs and inventions. Overall, these titles are good overviews with information on the lesser known, as well as the giants, of communications and transportation.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Printing and Photographyp. 2
Electricity and Electronicsp. 24
Telegraph and Telephonep. 42
Radio and Televisionp. 58
Computersp. 76
Johann Gutenbergp. 95
Alessandro Voltap. 98
Andre Amperep. 101
Robert, Richard, and Robert II Hoep. 104
Georg Ohmp. 107
Louis Daguerrep. 110
Samuel Morsep. 113
Charles Babbagep. 116
Joseph Henryp. 119
W. H. Fox Talbotp. 122
Charles Wheatstonep. 125
Ada Lovelacep. 129
Christopher Sholesp. 132
Cyrus Fieldp. 135
William Thomson (Lord Kelvin)p. 138
Joseph Swanp. 142
George Westinghousep. 145
Thomas Edisonp. 148
Alexander Graham Bellp. 151
Lewis Latimerp. 154
J. Ambrose Flemingp. 157
Edward Westonp. 160
Ottmar Merganthalerp. 163
George Eastmanp. 166
Albert Blake Dickp. 169
Granville Woodsp. 172
Nikola Teslap. 175
Heinrich Hertzp. 178
Michael Pupinp. 181
Herman Hollerithp. 184
Charles Steinmetzp. 187
Lee De Forestp. 190
Guglielmo Marconip. 193
John Bairdp. 196
Vladimir Zworykinp. 199
Vannevar Bushp. 202
Edwin Armstrongp. 205
Leopold Mannes and Leopold Godowskyp. 208
Howard Aikenp. 211
Margaret Bourke-Whitep. 215
Chester Carlsonp. 218
Philo Farnsworthp. 221
Grace Hopperp. 224
Konrad Zusep. 228
Indexp. 231