Hedy's Folly: The Life And Breakthrough Inventions Of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman In The World (2000)
Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World (2000)
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Excellent review of a prime example of the intersection of the arts and sciences. actress Hedy Lamarr and musician/composer George Antheil combined their mechanical accomplishments for the creation of an un-jammable remote targeting system for torpedoes during World War II. Postwar engineers developed their "frequency hopping" concept into "spread spectrum radio" and in the deregulation environment of the late 1970s and 1980s, it exploded into technologies such as cell phones, GPS and modem connectors. The early biographical sections of the books are a bit slow but vital, as they capture the vigor and innovative spirit of the prewar arts scene in America and especially Europe. Well worth a read. This is an extremely entertaining book about two fascinating people: actress Hedy Lamarr and "bad boy" composer George Antheil. It seems so improbable that two such people, from the entertainment world, would team up to invent spread spectrum technology, but it really happened that way!Despite their ground-breaking accomplishment, Lamarr and Antheil are largely forgotten as people chatter away on their cell phones, unaware that they are utilizing the technology of these two pioneers on a routine basis.The book is short and slender on details, but it's hard not to be captivated by Lamarr and Antheil, whose lives could not have been more different. Antheil struggled to gain recognition as a composer throughout his lifetime, and survived on handouts. Lamarr, apparently, just had to show up and people threw money at her. Of course, as she grew older and her beauty waned, there was less demand for Hedy. In contrast, Antheil gained increasing recognition in later life (although he died of a heart attack at age 58).The book ends as Lamarr, in her 80's, finally receives an EFF award for her contribution to communications technology. She's too shy to show up and receive it, so she sends her son with an audio recording of her acceptance speech.
Interessant relaas over de Hollywoodster / uitvindster Hedy Lamarr. Best leuk als tussendoortje.
It's hard to believe such interesting material can be so poorly compiled.
Well researched non-fiction book. Ending is poor.
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