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The transatlantic cable's builders pushed the limits of mid-19th century science. In an era of innovation, new understanding of electricity, oceanography, marine forecasting and materials manufacturing transformed the science fiction of instantaneous worldwide communication into practical fact.

Visit Science Expo 1870 and explore the state of scientific knowledge in that era. See some scientific concepts behind the transatlantic cable, hear from people who advanced understanding in those fields in later years, and get present-day scholars' takes on the state of science in 1870.

Thanks to the Burndy Library at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus for sharing images from their collection.

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