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One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World$
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David Segal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198834311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198834311.001.0001

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Inventions That Shaped the Modern World

Inventions That Shaped the Modern World

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One Hundred Patents That Shaped the Modern World
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David Segal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834311.003.0002

This entry describes the development of Morse code by Samuel Morse. It gives a background to Samuel Morse’s life. Also it describes the development of the electric telegraph on land and later using undersea cables. The significance of using gutta percha as electrical insulation for the undersea cables is described. The entry highlights that Morse code is, in fact, an early form of binary code. The entry describes the difference between gutta percha and natural rubber.

Keywords:   Samuel Morse, gutta percha, electric telegraph, rubber, undersea cables, binary code

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