Unformatted text preview: a means for the inexpensive production and storage of information via the printed book. In the 19th century the long distance transmission of information was made possible with the development of the telegraph (Samuel Morse, 1844), the telephone (Alexander Graham Bell (1876), and the radio (Guglielmo Marconi 1901). The explosion of information technology in the 20th century involves the computer, (although devices to calculate such as the abacus, and machines such as Babbage’s Difference Engine, are much earlier), and f nally the internet and world wide web, satellite imagery, email, and global positioning system (GPS) based on satellites. All in F uence agriculture. A new development called precision agriculture uses sensors and information technology permitting machines to adjust for individual crop demands. Finally, the development of statistical theory, has had a large in F uence on agricultural research including plant breeding....
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- Summer '10
- History, Global Positioning System, Trickle Irrigation