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

Rhodes, Richard

Verlag: Doubleday, New York, 2011
ISBN 10: 0385534388 / ISBN 13: 9780385534383
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Titel: Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough ...

Verlag: Doubleday, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Good

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Art des Buches: Used


Hardcover. Minor crease on front upper leading corner of jacket. One centimetre closed tear on lower leading corner of front board. Hardcover lower edges are lightly bumped. Pages are clean and text is clear throughout. Binding is sound. HCW. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 435791

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Inhaltsangabe: What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary inven­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sig­nals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.

Only a writer of Richard Rhodes?s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes?the unlikely duo?s gift to the U.S. war effort.

What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy?s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.

Rezension: As described in unprecedented detail by the American journalist and historian Richard Rhodes in his new book, Hedys Folly, Lamarr and her business partner, the composer George Antheil, were awarded a patent in 1942 for a secret communication system. It was meant for radio-guided torpedoes, and the pair gave to the US Navy. It languished in their files for decades before eventually becoming a constituent part of GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. --The Guardian, 5th December 2011

Theres enough technical and military history here to keep Rhodess hard-core fan base satisfied. But the cultural history is just as interesting. --Very Short List

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