Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention Of The 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked A Revolution

Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention Of The 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked A Revolution

by Gavin Weightman

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Overview

The world at the turn of the twentieth 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 center 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 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.Here is a rich portrait of the man and his era-a captivating tale 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306813788
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/06/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Gavin Weightman is a documentary filmmaker, a journalist, and the author of The Frozen-Water Trade, a Book Sense 76 selection. He lives in London.

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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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
shoomg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting biography of Guglielmo Marconi and his role in the invention of radio. While Marconi was not the first person to transmit radio signals, and while he didn't invent the building blocks that made up radio, he was the first person able to take what was a laboratory curiosity and to turn it into a practical system for long-distance communication. It was thanks to Marconi that wireless went from sending signals a few hundred yards to spanning the Atlantic ocean in less than a decade, and so he is, more than anyone, responsible for the birth of radio. This book is an interesting account of this achievement.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should have checked the author's nationality. It was brit and all that being a brit author brings with it. Wordy, off track, does a poor job of tying in radio, and worst of all little techincal information. If you want to read about wireless and radios, there has to be better material out there.