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

Gavin Weightman / Jun 16, 2019

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

  • Title: Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention Of The 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked A Revolution
  • Author: Gavin Weightman
  • ISBN: 9780306812750
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 woThe 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 one Guglielmo 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 And no one knew how far these radio waves could travel, until 1903, when a message from President Theodore Roosevelt to the king of England flashed from Cape Cod to Cornwall clear across the Atlantic.Here is a rich portrait of the man and his era and a captivating tale of science and scientists, business and businessmen There are stories 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.

    Guglielmo Marconi Guglielmo Marconi, st Marquis of Marconi Italian u lmo mar ko ni April July was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long distance radio transmission, development of Marconi s law, and a radio telegraph system He is credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand History of radio The early history of radio is the history of technology that produces and uses radio instruments that use radio waves.Within the timeline of radio, many people contributed theory and inventions in what became radio Radio development began as wireless telegraphy.Later radio history increasingly involves matters of

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    1. Saw this at the Harvard Coop, and snapped it up. It's a good read and a fascinating topic. It's essentially a biography of Marconi, focusing on his most creative period, 1896 - 1910 or so. The author glosses past the engineering aspects, which I found frustrating -- why did Marconi's apparatus behave as unpredictably as it did? Would a better physics education have helped him? What did he think was happening, and what really did? Likewise, I wish the author talked more about the business aspects [...]


    2. 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, a [...]


    3. Just surfaced from the strata of my possessions. Five years since I read it but it still sparks recognition of how much I enjoyed reading about a narrow period of radio development that I cared little about beforehand. Consider visiting a time when radio waves were mysterious and no theory existed to guide the researchers to either create or detect them. Later devices such as the vacuum tube enabled an escape from this era but it was an erratic and unpredictable path. The accomplishments of Marc [...]


    4. I still don't understand how radio works, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading this book. It managed to stay interesting and intelligent without getting bogged down in the technical details. I can't decide if it's a positive or negative, but every chapter ended with a cliffhanger or teaser that compelled me to keep reading. Good because if kept me reading, bad because it kept me up past my bedtime!


    5. A fascinating book full of interesting facts - did you know that Baden-Powell's brother manufactured man-lifting kites that were used to hoist the aerial for the first ever transatlantic wireless transmission?


    6. Guglielmo Marconi 1874-1937, made wireless telegraphy commercially viable. Voice transmission by radio came later, Marconi's original work transmitted morse code. Later he was a Mussolini supporter. Very fun to read, needs a little more technical detail & a bibliography


    7. Found this by accident perusing the biography section at the library. Didn't know this guy had so much to do with improving (though not inventing)wireless technology



    8. Starts very good but waters a bit down in the last quarter of the book. Nothing is said about voice radio development.



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