Jenny T's Reviews > Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Hedy's Folly by Richard Rhodes
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Dec 15, 2011

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A fascinating look into Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr's collaboration with avant-garde composer George Antheil in the invention of the "spread spectrum" radio jamming device used to control torpedoes (a technology later adopted by GPS, cell phones, etc.).

The subject was interesting and the book well-researched, but I was expecting more of a biography of Ms. Lamarr, her personality and contributions. Instead, we get a condensed history of the art movement in the 1920s, brief mention of a few of her husbands (only 3 out of 6), and a cursory look at the science behind the invention. A great start, but I needed more.
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Carmen Great review.

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