Marconi The Man Who Networked The World

Author: Marc Raboy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019931358X
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A little over a century ago the world went wireless. Cables and all their limiting inefficiencies gave way to a revolutionary means of transmitting news and information almost everywhere, instantaneously. By means of "Hertzian waves," as radio waves were initially known, ships could now make contact with other ships (saving lives, such as on the doomed R.M.S. Titanic); financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, establishing the price of commodities and fixing exchange rates; military commanders could connect with the front lines, positioning artillery and directing troop movements. Suddenly and irrevocably, time and space telescoped beyond what had been thought imaginable. Someone had not only imagined this networked world but realized it: Guglielmo Marconi.

As Marc Raboy shows us in this enthralling and comprehensive biography, Marconi was the first truly global figure in modern communications. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, he was in many ways stateless, working his cosmopolitanism to advantage. Through a combination of skill, tenacity, luck, vision, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, more critically, patented-the use of radio waves. Soon after he burst into public view with a demonstration of his wireless apparatus in London at the age of 22 in 1896, he established his Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company and seemed unstoppable. He was decorated by the Czar of Russia, named an Italian Senator, knighted by King George V of England, and awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics-all before the age of 40. Until his death in 1937, Marconi was at the heart of every major innovation in electronic communication, courted by powerful scientific, political, and financial interests, and trailed by the media, which recorded and published nearly every one of his utterances. He established stations and transmitters in every corner of the globe, from Newfoundland to Buenos Aires, Hawaii to Saint Petersburg.

Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries and several languages, Raboy's book is the first to connect significant parts of Marconi's story, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments, to his protean role in world affairs. Raboy also explores Marconi's relationships with his wives, mistresses, and children, and examines in unsparing detail the last ten years of the inventor's life, when he returned to Italy and became a pillar of Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. Raboy's engrossing biography, which will stand as the authoritative work of its subject, proves that we still live in the world Marconi created.

Marconi

Author: Marc Raboy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199313598
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Raboy's engrossing biography, which will stand as the authoritative work of its subject, proves that we still live in the world Marconi created.

Marconi

Author: Marc Raboy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019931358X
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As Marc Raboy shows in this engrossing and encyclopedic work, Marconi very early envisaged a world of seamless communication and then set out to create it. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, Marconi was in many ways stateless.

Marconi

Author: Marc Raboy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199313601
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Raboy's engrossing biography, which will stand as the authoritative work of its subject, proves that we still live in the world Marconi created.

Guglielmo Marconi

Author: Mike Goldsmith
Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree
ISBN: 9780739852279
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Describes the life and work of the Italian inventor Marconi, who was a pioneer in the development of the radio.

Marconi S Atlantic Leap

Author: Gordon Bussey
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This work provides an account of how Marconi proved to the scientists that the curvature of the earth was not an obstacle for telegraphy over great distances.

Why The Wheel Is Round

Author: Steven Vogel
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022638117X
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Why the Wheel Is Round explores all manner of treadwheels, hand-spikes, gears, and more, as well as how these technologies diversified into such things as hand-held drills and hurdy-gurdies.

Blown To Bits

Author: Harold Abelson
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 0137135599
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This book offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real life stories; it is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.

The Great British Dream Factory

Author: Dominic Sandbrook
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141979313
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This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.

Me

Author: William J. Mitchell
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262250467
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With Me++ the author of City of Bits and e-topia completes an informal trilogy examining the ramifications of information technology in everyday life.

The Gutenberg Galaxy

Author: Marshall McLuhan
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 144261269X
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Presents McLuhan's predictions of dramatic technological innovations that have changed how we communicate.