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City Of Light

Author : Jeff Hecht
ISBN : 0195162552
Genre : Science
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This book is likely to become the definitive history of the development of fiber optics. It covers the scientific challenges that needed to be overcome and describes both current and future applications.

City Of Light The Story Of Fiber Optics

Author : Jeff Hecht
ISBN : 9780199883080
Genre : Science
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City of Light tells the story of fiber optics, tracing its transformation from 19th-century parlor trick into the foundation of our global communications network. Written for a broad audience by a journalist who has covered the field for twenty years, the book is a lively account of both the people and the ideas behind this revolutionary technology. The basic concept underlying fiber optics was first explored in the 1840s when researchers used jets of water to guide light in laboratory demonstrations. The idea caught the public eye decades later when it was used to create stunning illuminated fountains at many of the great Victorian exhibitions. The modern version of fiber optics--using flexible glass fibers to transmit light--was discovered independently five times through the first half of the century, and one of its first key applications was the endoscope, which for the first time allowed physicians to look inside the body without surgery. Endoscopes became practical in 1956 when a college undergraduate discovered how to make solid glass fibers with a glass cladding. With the invention of the laser, researchers grew interested in optical communications. While Bell Labs and others tried to send laser beams through the atmosphere or hollow light pipes, a small group at Standard Telecommunication Laboratories looked at guiding light by transparent fibers. Led by the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, Charles K. Kao, they proposed the idea of fiber-optic communications and demonstrated that contrary to what many researchers thought glass could be made clear enough to transmit light over great distances. Following these ideas, Corning Glass Works developed the first low-loss glass fibers in 1970. From this point fiber-optic communications developed rapidly. The first experimental phone links were tested on live telephone traffic in 1977 and within half a dozen years long-distance companies were laying fiber cables for their national backbone systems. In 1988, the first transatlantic fiber-optic cable connected Europe with North America, and now fiber optics are the key element in global communications. The story continues today as fiber optics spread through the communication grid that connects homes and offices, creating huge information pipelines and replacing copper wires. The book concludes with a look at some of the exciting potential developments of this technology.

Inventors Of Communications Technology

Author : Heather S. Morrison
ISBN : 9781502606570
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A vital part of humanity involves ways in which we communicate with each other. People have used many ways to communicate—through talking, writing, video chatting, for example. As humanity has progressed so too have the ways humans communicate. This book focuses on inventions of communication that have affected society. From the typewriter to Skype, communication is a process that is ever evolving and will continue to change as society changes.

Plastic Fantastic

Author : Eugenie Samuel Reich
ISBN : 0230621341
Genre : Science
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This is the story of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön who faked the discovery of a new superconductor made from plastic. A star researcher at the world-renowned Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, he claimed to have stumbled across a powerful method for making carbon-based crystals into transistors, the switches found on computer chips. Had his experiments worked, they would have paved the way for huge advances in technology--computer chips that we could stick on a dress or eyewear, or even use to make electronic screens as thin and easy-to-fold as sheets of paper. But as other researchers tried to recreate Schön's experiments, the scientific community learned that it had been duped. Why did so many top experts, including Nobel prize-winners, support Schön? What led the major scientific journals to publish his work, and promote it with press releases? And what drove Schön, by all accounts a mild-mannered, modest and obliging young man, to tell such outrageous lies?

American Scientist

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ISBN : UOM:39015047803609
Genre : Greek letter societies
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Science Technology And Society

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ISBN : PSU:000047216518
Genre : Science
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Science Technology Society

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ISBN : UCSD:31822022808539
Genre : Science
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America History And Life

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113213800
Genre : Dissertations, Academic
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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

Laser Focus World

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ISBN : UCSD:31822022760524
Genre : Electrooptics
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Global electro-optic technology and markets.


Author : Organization of American Historians. Meeting
ISBN : UVA:X006107527
Genre : Historians
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