Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

by Richard Rhodes
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Hedy's Folly 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Rhodes tells the quite interesting story of frequency hopping or as it is now called spread spectrum, a technology that is the basis for GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and much more. He weaves together the different personalities, especially the actress Hedy Lamarr and the composer George Antheil, the original inventors. If you get nothing out of this book, you must understand that women are both incredibly beautiful and incredibly clever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a Hollywood expose, rather a look at the intellectual and free thinking side of a glamorous Hollywood star. The book describe's Hedy Lamarr's inventiveness and natural curiosity, her ability to reason and use information that she learned in practical applications. It provides a glimpse of how she was influenced by people and events in her lifetime, and how loyal and patriotic she was to her adopted country, the United States. The book is very informative, but not linear in its storytelling. There is a great deal of jumping back and forth between characters while filling in background details. I found the story interesting because contributions to military technology were developed by some decidedly "unmilitary" people. It is definitely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story A real surprise to discover Hedy's other talent!
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