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Hedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world
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Published:
New York : Doubleday, c2011.
Format:
Book
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Desc:
ix, 261 pages, [8] pages of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
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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 invenĀ­tion based on the rapid switching of communications sigĀ­nals 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.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780385534383 (alk. paper), 0385534388 (alk. paper)

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
Describes the lesser-known technological talents of actress Hedy Lamarr and the collaborative work with avant-garde composer George Antheil that eventually led to the development of spread-spectrum radio, cell phones, and GPS systems.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Rhodes, R. (2011). Hedy's folly: the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Rhodes, Richard, 1937-. 2011. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. New York: Doubleday.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Rhodes, Richard, 1937-, Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. New York: Doubleday, 2011.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Rhodes, Richard. Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. New York: Doubleday, 2011. Print.

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