Hedy's folly : The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. / Richard Rhodes.
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- ISBN: 9780385534390 (electronic bk)
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- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2011.
|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.
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