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

by Gavin Weightman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306813788
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 09/06/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
Introductionxv
Map: Marconi's Early Wireless Telegraph Stationsxviii
1In Darkest London1
2Silkworms and Whiskey10
3Sparks in the Attic16
4In the Heart of the Empire21
5Dancing on the Ether25
6Beside the Seaside35
7Texting Queen Victoria39
8An American Investigates44
9The Romance of Morse Code49
10A New York Welcome58
11Atlantic Romance66
12Adventure at Mullion Cove71
13An American Forecast82
14Kite-Flying in Newfoundland88
15The Spirits of the Ether93
16Fishing in the Ether100
17The End of the Affair108
18Farewell the Pigeon Post115
19The Power of Darkness121
20The Hermit of Paignton128
21The King's Appendix132
22The Thundering Professor142
23A Real Colonel Sellers151
24Defeat in the Yellow Sea161
25A Wireless Rat167
26Dazzling the Millions172
27'Marky' and his Motor178
28On the American Frontier186
29Marconi gets Married191
30Wireless at War198
31America's Whispering Gallery202
32A Voice on the Air206
33The Bells of Budapest211
34Wireless to the Rescue219
35Dynamite for Marconi225
36Le Match Dew-Crippen230
37A Marriage on the Rocks236
38Ice and the Ether242
39'It's a CQD, Old Man'247
40After the Titanic253
41The Crash260
42The Suspect Italian268
43Eclipse of Marconi on the Eiffel Tower277
44In Bed with Mussolini281
Epilogue289
Index293

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Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention Of The 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked A Revolution 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
shoomg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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, and so he is, more than anyone, responsible for the birth of radio. This book is an interesting account of this achievement.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.