Book ID: CBB544275565

Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire (2021)


Hunt, Bruce J. (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 320
Language: English

In the second half of the nineteenth century, British firms and engineers built, laid, and ran a vast global network of submarine telegraph cables. For the first time, cities around the world were put into almost instantaneous contact, with profound effects on commerce, international affairs, and the dissemination of news. Science, too, was strongly affected, as cable telegraphy exposed electrical researchers to important new phenomena while also providing a new and vastly larger market for their expertise. By examining the deep ties that linked the cable industry to work in electrical physics in the nineteenth century - culminating in James Clerk Maxwell's formulation of his theory of the electromagnetic field - Bruce J. Hunt sheds new light both on the history of the Victorian British Empire and on the relationship between science and technology.

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Review Andrea Giuntini (April 2022) Review of "Imperial Science: Cable Telegraphy and Electrical Physics in the Victorian British Empire". Technology and Culture (pp. 576-577). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lazaroff-Puck, Cameron
Ash, Stewart
Kathleen Davidson
Müller-Pohl, Simone
Marmottini, Donatella
D'Agostino, Salvo
Technology and Culture
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science and Education
Physics in Perspective
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Journal of World History
Pavia University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Prometheus Books
Princeton University Press
Manchester University Press
Great Britain, colonies
Electricity; magnetism
Cable, submarine
Maxwell, James Clerk
Faraday, Michael
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolph
Marconi, Guglielmo
Lorentz, Hendrik Antoon
Lodge, Oliver
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
Great Britain
United States
New Zealand
Southeast Asia

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