Signor Marconi's Magic Box

Signor Marconi's Magic Box

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

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
Offers a close-up look at the invention of the radio and its creator, Guglielmo Marconi, and its dramatic influence on the world of communications, science, and technology.

Perseus Publishing
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 one Guglielmo 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. 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.Here is a rich portrait of the man and his era-and a captivating tale of science and scientists, business and businessmen. There are stories 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.

One hundred years after the historic first transatlantic radio transmission, the extraordinary and often bizarre story of an amateur inventor and his "magic box"


Blackwell North Amer
In an era when the telephone, the telegraph, and electricity had everyone wondering just what science would think of next, the startling answer came in 1896 in the form of two mysterious wooden boxes containing a device Marconi had rigged up in the attic of his family home near Bologna. It was a device to transmit messages "through the ether." Many of those at the first public demonstration of the invention thought that they were witnessing a con man's trick. None could have guessed that Signor 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, or even Marconi himself, could at first say how it worked. And certainly no one knew how far these radio waves could travel, until 1903, when a Morse code 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 portrait of the man and his time - and a tale of science and scientists, business and businessmen. There are British blowhards, American hucksters, unscrupulous charlatans, and outlandish theorists, all attracted to the mysterious new medium. And of course there is Marconi himself: a character par excellence, a complicated and celebrated genius - a man destined for fame and fortune, and fated to become a virtual prisoner of both.

Baker
& Taylor

Offers a close-up look at the invention of the radio and its creator, Guglielmo Marconi, and its dramatic influence on the world of communications, science, and technology. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo, 2003
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306812750
0306812754
Branch Call Number: 621.384092 MarW
621.384 WEI
Characteristics: xvii, 312 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 22 cm

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