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Rewind

Cast from the past

The Victorians discovered a way to install the world’s great monuments in museum galleries. It was, argues Tom Standage, an incipient form of virtual reality

Crossed wires

The first transatlantic cable was seen as a folly and a hoax. But, says Tom Standage, it heralded the greatest communications revolution in history

Ye Olde Photoshoppe

Today image modification simply requires a tap of a smartphone app. But, says Tom Standage, the manipulation of photographs goes back a surprisingly long way

Flights of fancy

New gadgets often seem frivolous. But, as Tom Standage explains, expensive playthings can sometimes give birth to important technologies