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Information Age

Six Networks That Changed Our World

Tilly Blyth (ed.)

ISBN: 978 1 85759 901 5
Size: 280 x 240 mm / 9.4 x 11 in.
Binding: hardback
Pages: 224
Images: 200

UK £35.00 / US $55.00


  • Major new book on network communications technology accompanying the new permanent gallery at London's Science Museum, which was opened by HM The Queen in October 2014.
  • Draws on the world-class expertise and collections of the Science Museum, London
  • Includes newly commissioned essays by David Attenborough, Stephen Baxter, Lucy Delap, James Gleick, Mo Ibrahim, Martha Lane Fox and Tom Standage.



Information Age explores the transformations that have taken place in human information and communication in the last 200 years. Published to coincide with a new permanent Science Museum gallery opening in October 2014, it examines the development of information and communications networks from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The book tells a human story of success and failure, brave new ideas and ambitious schemes, and our universal need to connect. It includes excerpts from unique interviews with the BBC team who created the world’s first global satellite broadcast in 1967, soldiers that used GPS during the first Gulf war in 1991, and business people from Cameroon whose lives have been transformed by the economic possibilities of mobile telephony since 1997.

Richly illustrated and refreshingly accessible, Information Age illuminates stories about our digital age and gives a voice to the users, as well as the innovators, of new technology. 


Tilly Blyth is Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, London