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

Author(s): Richard Rhodes

Biography/Memoir

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum 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 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 spread-spectrum radio's genesis and unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.

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RICHARD RHODES is most recently the author of "The Twilight of the Bombs," the last volume in a quartet about nuclear history. The first, "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," won the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

General Fields

  • : 9780307742957
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : August 2012
  • : 203mm X 132mm X 14mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard Rhodes
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 791.430/28092 B
  • : 288
  • : 8 PP Black and White