Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World (Vintage)
Hedy's Folly The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr the Most Beautiful Woman in the World - Vintage Author:Richard Rhodes What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invention based on the rapid switching of communications signals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted tod... more »ay.
Only a writer of Richard Rhodes?s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, 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 about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world.
This book reads more as a term paper and didn't go into detailed explanation. I wanted to know more about Hedy Lamarr's inventions and the thought behind what she invented. The book was supposed to focus on one invention she had with composer George Antheil. Unfortunately, when he is introduced, the author spends too much time telling about his background up until he meets Hedy, and even their meeting isn't explained in more detail. The book is more about both of them and not just Hedy. It was hard to read and I got lost more than once. This book could have been so much more.