Pulitzer Prize-successful creator Richard Rhodes can provide a outstanding tale of technology historical past: how a fantastic movie celebrity and an avant-garde composer invented unfold-spectrum radio, the generation that made wi-fi telephones, GPS programs, and lots of different units imaginable.
Beginning at a Hollywood dinner desk, Hedy’s Folly tells a wild tale of innovation that culminates in U.S. patent quantity 2,292,387 for a “mystery verbal exchange machine.” Alongside the best way Rhodes weaves in combination Hollywood’s golden generation, the historical past of Vienna, Nineteen Twenties Paris, guns layout, track, an educational on patent legislation and a temporary treatise on transmission generation. Narrated with the rigor and air of mystery now we have come to be expecting of Rhodes, this can be a outstanding narrative journey approximately unfold-spectrum radio’s genesis and not going newbie inventors taking part to switch the arena.