Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention of the 19th Century and the Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked a Revolutionby Gavin Weightman
On a Winter's Evening in the East End of London in 1896, an unassuming young Italian gave the first public demonstration of a device he had created in the attic of his family home near Bologna. It consisted of two wooden boxes, one of which could apparently transmit messages to the other "through the ether." Many in the audience suspected that they were witnessing a con man's trick. None could have guessed that Signor Guglielmo Marconi's magic box would be regarded as the most remarkable invention of the nineteenth century - and that he himself would become one of the most famous men in the world. For this was nothing less than the birth of the radio, even if no scientist in Europe or America, not even Marconi himself, could at first say how it worked. 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. Signor Marconi's Magic Box is a rich portrait of the man and his era - and a captivating tale of science and scientists, business and businessmen.
August 18, 2003
Four-Star Review, Sept/Oct 2003
- Da Capo Press
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- First Edition
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- 5.32(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.13(d)
Meet 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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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.