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

ISBN-10: 0307742954
ISBN-13: 9780307742957
Edition: 2012
Authors: Richard Rhodes
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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 Follyis a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.From the Hardcover edition.

Richard Lee Rhodes is a writer. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 4, 1937. Rhodes received a B.A. from Yale University in 1959. Rhodes has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He began writing articles and essays that appeared in Harper's, Reader's Digest, Esquire, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. Rhodes first book, The Island Ground, was published in 1970. He has written more than two dozen books. Rhodes' book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction. Another book, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1996.

Introduction Hedy Lamarr, Inventor
A Charming Austrian Girl
Bad Boy of Music
Mechanisms
Between Times
Leaving Fritz
Cinemogling
Frequency Hopping
Flashes of Genius
Red-Hot Apparatus
O Pioneers!
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
References
Illustration Credits
Index

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