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“Reinventing Morse: Build your own Telegraph” Reading List and Bibliography

"Reinventing Morse: Build your own Telegraph" is a science kit that integrates invention and history along side science, technology, and math. Part of the creative process of designing our science kits is to do as much research as possible into the history of the invention and the inventor as well as the science behind the invention. To that end we have collected and read the following books relating to Morse, the Telegraph, and Invention in general. Some of these books also cover other inventions such as the Light Bulb and inventors like Thomas Edison and thus appear on other reading lists as well. Many of these books are out of print, or are rare but you still may find them at your local library, used book store, via eBay, or via used books sold on Amazon.com and other websites. Without a doubt, our favorite book from this list is "The Victorian Internet." It does a great job of painting a picture of what the world was like pre-telegraph, during the rise of the telegraph, and how it influenced our world today. We also found "Principles of Electricity applied to Telephone and Telegraph Work" from 1938 to be very fascinating. It is amazing how advanced some of the telephone technology had become by 1938. This book has some very neat diagrams, and is a MUST HAVE for anyone building a library of electronic history books. Share your own favorite books here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=140484313032 And now without further ado, here is the list of books we used in researching our science kit, we hope you enjoy!
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The Electronic Epoch By: Elizabeth Antebi Type: Hardback ( 256 pages) Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold (January 1, 1983) ISBN: 0442282540 Description: A detailed and international view of how electricity and electronics has shaped the modern world. Topics: Electronics, Invention, Science, Technology Status: Out of print Eureka: An illustrated history of inventions from the wheel to the computer By: Edward De Bono (Editor) Type: Hardback (248 pages) Publisher: Thames & Hudson (1974) ISBN: 0500011192 Description: Illustrated History of hundreds of inventions. Topics: Invention, Light Bulb, Telegraph, Telephone, Phonograph, and More Status: Out of Print The Great Inventions By: Ralph Stein Type: Hardcover (252 pages) Publisher: Ridge Press (1976) ASIN: B0006COBUM Description: A critical history of many of the great inventions with a focus on all inventors who worked on each invention, not just those that first patented their inventions. Topics: Invention, Inventors Status: Out of Print
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Invention in America – With Images from the Library of Congress By: Russell Bourne Type: Hardcover (138 pages) Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (October 1, 1995) ISBN: 1555912311 Description: An illustrated history of key American inventions from Colonial Times to the 20th Centry. Topics: Light Bulb, Telegraph, Phonograph, Telephone, Edison, Morse, Bell, Invention, and More Status: Limited Availability Men of Achievement: Inventors – Illustrated By: Philip Gengembre Hubert Type: Hardcover (299 pages) Publisher: C. Scribner’s and Sons (1893) ASIN: B0006ADPC4 Description: Biographies of American Inventors from Benjamin Franklin to Alexander Graham Bell (Includes, Edison, Morse, and other inventors through 1893) Topics: Inventors, Inventions Status: Out of Print, RARE Principles of Electricity applied to Telephone and Telegraph Work (1938 Edition) By: AT&T (for Employees of the Long Lines Department) Type: Hardback Textbook (346 pages) Publisher: AT&T Internal (1938, 1939, 1941) ISBN: N/A Description: Fascinating Textbook and Technical Manual detailing the state of the art in telephone and telegraph technology circa 1938. Topics: Telephone, Telegraph, Electronics Status: Out of Print (Rare)
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Science: A History of Discovery in the Twentieth Century By: Trevor I. Williams Type: Hardback (256 pages) Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 1, 1990) ISBN: 0195208439 Description: A review of Scientific Discovery from 1900 to 1990 Topics: Science, Invention, Technology Status: Out of Print Scientists & Inventors: The People who made Technology from Earliest Times to President Day By: Anthony Feldman and Peter Ford Type: Hardback (352 pages) Publisher: Facts on File (1986) ISBN: 0871964104 Description: 160 Chronologically arranged biographies of histories great scientists and inventors. Topics: Edison, Morse, Bell, Hertz, Marconi, Inventors Status: Out of Print Technology in America (Second Edition) By: Caroll W. Pursell, Jr (editor) Type: Paperback (319 pages) Publisher: The MIT Press (April 12, 1990) ISBN: 0262660679 Description: Short biographies of many ideas, inventions, and inventors including commentary on effects on society. Topics: Invention, Technology, Edison, Bell, Light Bulb, Telephone Status: Out of print
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The Victorian Internet By: Tom Standage Type: Paperback (227 pages) Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (October 1, 1999) ISBN: 0425171698 Description: An in-depth history of the development of the telegraph Topics: Telegraph, Morse, Invention Status: In Print Victorian Inventions By: Leonard De Vries Type: Hardback (192 pages) Publisher: American Heritage Press (1971) ISBN: 0719550068 Description: A look at 350 Victorian era inventions, some successful, some not. Contains great Victorian era illustrations. Status: Out of Print
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