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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 - Gavin Weightman

Signor Marconi's Magic Box

The Most Remarkable Invention Of The 19th Century & The Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked A Revolution

Paperback Published: 22nd September 2004
ISBN: 9780306813788
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Map: Marconi's Early Wireless Telegraph Stationsp. xviii
In Darkest Londonp. 1
Silkworms and Whiskeyp. 10
Sparks in the Atticp. 16
In the Heart of the Empirep. 21
Dancing on the Etherp. 25
Beside the Seasidep. 35
Texting Queen Victoriap. 39
An American Investigatesp. 44
The Romance of Morse Codep. 49
A New York Welcomep. 58
Atlantic Romancep. 66
Adventure at Mullion Covep. 71
An American Forecastp. 82
Kite-Flying in Newfoundlandp. 88
The Spirits of the Etherp. 93
Fishing in the Etherp. 100
The End of the Affairp. 108
Farewell the Pigeon Postp. 115
The Power of Darknessp. 121
The Hermit of Paigntonp. 128
The King's Appendixp. 132
The Thundering Professorp. 142
A Real Colonel Sellersp. 151
Defeat in the Yellow Seap. 161
A Wireless Ratp. 167
Dazzling the Millionsp. 172
'Marky' and his Motorp. 178
On the American Frontierp. 186
Marconi gets Marriedp. 191
Wireless at Warp. 198
America's Whispering Galleryp. 202
A Voice on the Airp. 206
The Bells of Budapestp. 211
Wireless to the Rescuep. 219
Dynamite for Marconip. 225
Le Match Dew-Crippenp. 230
A Marriage on the Rocksp. 236
Ice and the Etherp. 242
'It's a CQD, Old Man'p. 247
After the Titanicp. 253
The Crashp. 260
The Suspect Italianp. 268
Eclipse of Marconi on the Eiffel Towerp. 277
In Bed with Mussolinip. 281
Epiloguep. 289
Indexp. 293
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306813788
ISBN-10: 0306813785
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1