A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the by John Steele Gordon

By John Steele Gordon

Today, in an international within which information flashes all over the world straight away, time lags are not possible. within the mid-nineteenth century, communique among the us and Europe -- the heart of global affairs -- was once simply as fast because the quickest send may perhaps move the Atlantic, making the USA remoted and vulnerable.

But in 1866, the outdated and New Worlds have been united through the winning laying of a cable around the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's publication chronicles this amazing success -- the brainchild of yankee businessman Cyrus box and one of many maximum engineering feats of the 19th century. An epic fight, it required a decade of attempt, a number of failed makes an attempt, hundreds of thousands of greenbacks in capital, a close to catastrophe at sea, the overcoming of possible insurmountable technological difficulties, and unusual actual, monetary, and highbrow braveness. Bringing to existence an neglected tale within the annals of expertise, John Steele Gordon sheds interesting new mild in this American saga that actually replaced the world.

Show description

Read or Download A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable PDF

Best & telecommunications books

Dark Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture

In keeping with media critic Geert Lovink, the web is being closed off by means of organisations and governments cause on making a company and knowledge surroundings freed from dissent. Calling himself an intensive media pragmatist, Lovink envisions an online tradition that is going past the engineering tradition that spawned it to carry humanities, consumer teams, social activities, nongovernmental agencies (NGOs), artists, and cultural critics into the center of web improvement.

Internet applications with Visual FoxPro 6.0

Clients tips on how to construct huge net database purposes utilizing Tahoe because the starting place. coated are server part net purposes, together with ASP (ODBC and ActiveX automation servers), FoxISAPI, and complex net positive factors similar to cookies, authentication, and browser performance encapsulation. Non-HTML allotted functions and distant info prone also are explored.

Embedded mechatronic systems. / Volume 2, Analysis of failures, modeling, simulation and optimization

In operation, mechatronics embedded platforms are under pressure by way of a great deal of diverse factors: weather (temperature, humidity), vibration, electric and electromagnetic. those stresses in parts result in failure mechanisms will be pointed out and modeled for greater keep watch over. AUDACE is a collaborative venture of the cluster Mov'eo that tackle concerns particular to mechatronic reliability embedded platforms.

Extra resources for A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable

Example text

Like growing old, or needing to sleep for several hours a day, it was taken as a given, if sometimes regretted. But even as King George lay dying in his water closet, many of his subjects, especially in the Midlands of England, were already deeply involved in a process dhat would profoundly alter the boundaries of what was possible. The cloth industry, for example, a mainstay of the British economy for centuries, had begun to mechanize, adopting the factory system of manufacture, which would come to dominate the world economy.

He also served as his Yale class historian and wrote and published his memoirs. Despite these demands on his time, the Reverend Field took care to school his children carefully in the Bible, the Greek and Latin authors they would not encounter m the local school— which offered little more than the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic — and English literature. His sons long remembered a favorite line of their father from John Bunyan's The Pilgram’s Progress, "To know is a thing which pleaseth talkers and boasters; but to Jo is that which pleaseth God.

Newfoundland, }. T. Bullock. On November 8, 1850, Bishop Bullock wrote a letter to the local newspaper in St. John's pointing it out. Sir: "I regret to find that, in every plan for transatlantic communication, Halifax [the capital of Nova Scotia] is always mentioned, and the natural capabilities of Newfoundland entirely overlooked. This has been deeply impressed on my mind by the communication I read in your paper of Saturday last, regarding telegraphic communication between England and Ireland, in which it is said that the nearest telegraphic station on the American side is Halifax, twenty-one hundred and fifty-five miles from the west of Ireland.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 18 votes