Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention of the 19th Century and the Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked a Revolutionby Gavin Weightman
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… See more details below
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.
August 18, 2003
Four-Star Review, Sept/Oct 2003
- Da Capo Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Sales rank:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.06(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.92(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.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >
Name: TigerKit<p>Age: Four days<p>Looks: Orangish tom with black stripes and white underbelly. His unopened eyes are forest green.<p>Persona: Outgoing and loving.<p>Mother: HollyPaw (she was forcemated) Father: Sabertooth (forcemater)<p>History: his mother was forcemated, and she managed to get to the revo, where she had her kits.
Is located at 'Revolution' first result. Once there, there is no turning back.
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.