Keith Staskiewicz
December 28, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

Hedy's Folly

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Richard Rhodes
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

Rhodes, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, takes on a decidedly kinder example of technological innovation in Hedy’s Folly. Actress and sex symbol Hedy Lamarr once famously noted that to look glamorous, ”all you have to do is stand still and look stupid,” and it was indeed her work away from the gauzy spotlight of Hollywood that best demonstrated her fierce intelligence. Along with composer George Antheil, Lamarr turned her hobby of invention into the 1942 patent for spread-spectrum radio, an indispensable development in the field of communications. While Rhodes takes his time to reach the meat of his story, he manages to capture the sheer improbability of these unlikely Edisons. B+

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST