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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.
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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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