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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World - Richard Rhodes
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible. Beginning at a Hollywood... show more
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible. Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy's Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S. patent number 2,292,387 for a "secret communication system." Along the way Rhodes weaves together Hollywood’s golden era, the history of Vienna, 1920s Paris, weapons design, music, a tutorial on patent law and a brief treatise on transmission technology. Narrated with the rigor and charisma we've come to expect of Rhodes, it is a remarkable narrative adventure about spread-spectrum radio's genesis and unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B004QZ9ZP6
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 Hedy's Folly
There is so much to love in this book! I've been wanting to read more about her ever since I first heard that it was Hedy Lamarr who had so much to do with today's technology and it did not disappoint. The story was sure to be interesting, having heard about Lamarr's participation in this invention ...
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog
BBB - Bronwyn's Book Blog rated it
4.0
If this book had been titled anything but what it was, I wouldn't really have any complaints. As it is though, I feel the title is misleading. I'd say only about half the book is about Hedy Lamarr, the rest about George Antheil and their invention. I understand that the invention having two creat...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
e driveRead by Bernadette DunneAustro-American actress and mathematician, celebrated for her great beauty, who was a major contract star of MGM's "Golden Age."9 November 1913 – 19 January 2000
Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
2.0 Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
I was greatly disappointed by this book. It presents itself as the story of Hedy Lamarr as more than just beauty, but instead meanders all over history of those years in a poorly connected narrative. At least half of the book is devoted to George Antheil and his self-promotional life, including an...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Enjoyable but not earth shattering. The author lays out the lives of the people involved (with relatively fill retentive sidetracks that felt a bit like filler), how the technologies worked, why they were needed, and what they lead too. The writing was plain and straightforward, and one came a way w...
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