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

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Vintage Books, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 261 pages
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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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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

"Hedy's Folly" has a terrific title, a terrific cover illustration and terrific subject matter, the contributions to science, technology and the U.S. military by glamorous actress Hedy Lamarr ... Read full review

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User Review  - konastories - LibraryThing

Joy's review: The basic outline is intriguing, but the book is disappointing. Could use more background and info on Hedy Larmar; Rhodes drops bits of info like the fact that she was estranged from her ... Read full review


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RICHARD RHODESis most recently the author ofThe 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.

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