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Signor Marconi?s Magic Box: The invention that sparked the radio revolution (Text Only) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A well-researched and well-written biography of Marconi, with a good selection of contemporary photographs which allow the reader to appreciate how different radio technology was in its early days.Marconi's life, and the world in which he lived and which affected and directed his work, is described in detail, as are the efforts of others who contributed - or claimed to contribute - to the development of radio.The part that I found frustrating was the lack of technical detail, despite the fact that it is alluded to frequently. It becomes clear that Marconi - and many others in radio's early days - simply did not understand many basic ideas of how radio worked. The problems of tuning are frequently mentioned. But I would have appreciated knowing more, from a contemporary perspective, about what they were actually doing, and why (for instance) a magnetic coherer was superior to the device which preceded it.That frustration aside, this book does an excellent job both of telling Marconi's story, warts and all, and reminding us what the world was like before radio, and the changes radio made possible.
Hard to put down,in depth and interesting.highly recommended.