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Hedy's folly : the life and breakthrough inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the most beautiful woman in the world

Author: Richard Rhodes
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2012.
Edition/Format:   book_largeprint : Biography : English : Center Point Large Print editionView all editions and formats
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What do Hedy Lamarr, composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes's caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Hedy Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Hedy Lamarr; Hedy Lamarr
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Rhodes
ISBN: 9781611733723 1611733723
OCLC Number: 768041930
Description: 303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Hedy Lamarr, inventor --
A charming Austrian girl --
Bad boy of music --
Mechanisms --
Between times --
Leaving Fritz --
Cinemogling --
Frequency hopping --
Flashes of genius --
Red-hot apparatus --
O pioneers!
Responsibility: Richard Rhodes.

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What do Hedy Lamarr, composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today. Only a writer of Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Rhodes's caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Hedy 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.

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