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City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics

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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.
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 8th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1999)
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The writing is good,and the story of the persons and businesses involved in the technical development of fiber optics has enough competition and conflict to make it interesting. Fiber optics are used both to transfer information, and also to collect it in such medical applications as endoscopy.


The idea of containing light in a medium was first published by a physics professor in Switzerland in the 1840s who demonstrated it with a stream of water.
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Kin Guan
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
"A good introductory read for people who yearns to learn how optical fibre came along."

Read as part of the research for the essay.

A better book than the other book I have read, with more focus on the development of the optical fibre technology. Jeff Hecht was a journalist who worked for scientific journals and magazines, hence I found his way of telling the history and stories nice and explanatory without going into too much technical jargons. The various stages of how to guide a beam of light
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great overview of the history of fiber optics pre-1998, which is incidentally when I started in sales of data services over hybrid fiber-coax networks. The last two chapters concerning the "last mile" (fiber to the premises) and the current state of the field at the time of writing show that a lot of the supposedly failed experiments in FTTP were simply deployed twenty to thirty years before the consumer market was ready for them; Hecht describes the first video-on-demand system, launched in Jap ...more
Amirnader
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a nicely written account of the history of fiber optics technology, from its modest beginning to its glorious days of rapid growth and finally to its present day situation.
If you're working with fiber optics, this book provides you with a part of the history. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and recommend it to anybody with an interest in technology and specially to students and teachers of fiber optic courses.
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Jeff Hecht has written extensively about lasers, light and optics for a wide range of publications, including New Scientist magazine, Laser Focus World, Optics & Photonics News, High Technology, Technology Review, and Bulletin of the American Scientists.