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Wireless : from Marconi's black-box to the audion

Author: Sungook Hong
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2010, ©2001.
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st MIT Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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By 1897 Guglielmo Marconi had transformed James Clerk Maxwell's theory of electromagnetic waves into a workable wireless telegraphy system, and by 1907 Lee de Forest had invented the audion, a feedback amplifier and oscillator that opened the way to practical radio transmission. Fifteen years after Marconi's invention, wireless had become an essential means of communication, as well as a hobby for many. This book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sungook Hong
ISBN: 9780262514194 0262514192 9780262082983 0262082985
OCLC Number: 457159821
Notes: Originally published: MIT Press, 2001.
Description: xiv, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Hertzian optics and wireless telegraphy --
Inventing the invention of wireless telegraphy : Marconi versus Lodge --
Grafting power technology onto wireless telegraphy : Marconi and Fleming on transatlantic signaling --
Tuning, jamming, and the Maskelyne affair --
Transforming an effect into an artifact : the thermionic valve --
The audion and the continuous wave --
Epilogue : The making of the radio age --
Appendix : Electronic theory and the "good earth" in wireless telegraphy.
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Responsibility: Sungook Hong.

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This is a carefully drawn and well-written study that sheds new light on an old but central story.-Communications Booknotes Quarterly

 
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