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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The book spends minimal time on Hedy's Hollywood career but focuses on her early life in Austria and her flight to America to make films in Hollywood. Wanting to be an actress by her mid teens, she ... Leer reseña completa

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This is another book about the life of Hedy Lamar, but unlike Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room, this book is written as a standard biography, and for me, wasn't nearly as interesting as the ... 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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