Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Vintage Books, 2012 - 261 páginas

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.


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Fascinating when the author discusses the problems of guidance systems for torpedoes and the development of Lamarr and Antheil's patent to use frequency hopping to avoid signal jamming. As a biography ... Leer reseña completa

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Richard Rhodes, who won a Pulitzer for his book on the making of the atomic bomb, once again turns to technology, but this time tech embodied by the famous Hollywood star, Hedy Lamarr. Ms. Lamarr’s ... Leer reseña completa


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RICHARD RHODESis most recently the author ofThe Twilight of the Bombs, the last volume in a quartet about nuclear history. The first,The Making of the Atomic Bomb, won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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