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Hedy's folly [electronic resource] : The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Richard Rhodes.

Rhodes, Richard. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780385534390 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Date Published: 2011.

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Summary, etc.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spreadDASHspectrum 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 delete comma 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 spreadDASHspectrum radio's genesis and unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Vintage, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4433 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Performing Arts.
Genre: Electronic books.

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