Hedy's Folly 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… Hedy's Folly 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… 2011-11-29 Nonfiction Doubleday
Book Review

Hedy's Folly (2011)

SECRET SMARTS Rhodes tells the unlikely true story of a sex symbol who revolutionized modern communication
SECRET SMARTS Rhodes tells the unlikely true story of a sex symbol who revolutionized modern communication
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 29, 2011; Writer: Richard Rhodes; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Doubleday

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+

Originally posted Nov 23, 2011 Published in issue #1183 Dec 02, 2011 Order article reprints
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