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Signor Marconi's magic box : the most remarkable invention of the 19th century & the amateur inventor whose genius sparked a revolution

Author: Gavin Weightman
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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The world at the turn of the 20th century was in the throes of "Marconi-mania"--Brought on by an incredible invention that no one could quite explain, and by a dapper and eccentric figure (who would one day win the newly minted Nobel Prize) at the centre of it all. At a time when the telephone, telegraph and electricity made the whole world wonder just what science would think of next, the startling answer had come  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Guglielmo Marconi; Guglielmo Marconi, marchese; Guglielmo Marconi
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Weightman
ISBN: 0306812754 9780306812750
OCLC Number: 52924319
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvii, 312 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: In darkest London --
Silkworms and whiskey --
Sparks in the attic --
In the heart of the empire --
Dancing on the ether --
Beside the seaside --
Texting Queen Victoria --
An American investigates --
The romance of Morse code --
A New York welcome --
Atlantic romance --
Adventure at Mullion Cove --
An American forecast --
Kite-flying in Newfoundland --
The spirits of the ether --
Fishing in the ether --
The end of the affair --
Farewell the pigeon post --
The power of darkness --
The hermit of Paignton --
The king's appendix --
The thundering professor --
A real colonel sellers --
Defeat in the Yellow Sea --
A wireless rat --
Dazzling the millions --
'Marky' and his motor --
On the American frontier --
Marconi gets married --
Wireless at war --
America's whispering gallery --
A voice on the air --
The bells of Budapest --
Wireless to the rescue --
Dynamite for Marconi --
Le Match Dew-Crippen --
A marriage on the rocks --
Ice and the ether --
It's a CQD, old man --
After the Titanic --
The crash --
The suspect Italian --
Eclipse of Marconi on the Eiffel Tower --
In bed with Mussolini.
Responsibility: Gavin Weightman.
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The world at the turn of the 20th century was in the throes of "Marconi-mania"--Brought on by an incredible invention that no one could quite explain, and by a dapper and eccentric figure (who would one day win the newly minted Nobel Prize) at the centre of it all. At a time when the telephone, telegraph and electricity made the whole world wonder just what science would think of next, the startling answer had come in 1896 in the form of two mysterious wooden boxes containing a device one Guglielmo Marconi had rigged up to transmit messages "through the ether". It was the birth of the radio, and no scientist in Europe or America, not even Marconi himself, could at first explain how it worked. It just did. And no one knew how far these radio waves could travel, until 1903, when a message from President Theodore Roosevelt to the king of England flashed from Cape Cod to Cornwall clear across the Atlantic. This volume is a rich portrait of the man and his era - and a captivating tale of science and scientists, business and businessmen. There are stories of British blowhards, American con artists - and Marconi himself: a character par excellence, who eventually winds up a virtual prisoner of his worldwide fame and fortune.

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