Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes delivers a remarkable story of science history: how a ravishing film star and an avant-garde composer invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems, and many other devices possible.
Beginning at a Hollywood dinner table, Hedy's Folly tells a wild story of innovation that culminates in U.S.
This book really annoyed me. I was surprised and intrigued when I found out that Hedy Lamarr was an inventor. "Great!" I thought. "I will read this book about a gorgeous woman who invented in her spare time. It will be feminist and exciting." ... ... ... WRONG!
The book is boring and was also makin ...more
Having done a pretty good job on Lamarr's early life, he abruptly switches to the life of her co-inventor George Antheil. And while Antheil may have been a heckuva interesting guy, we don't need to hear about the ups and downs of his life as a composer, details about Sylvia Beach's "Shakespeare and Company" store and his life in P ...more
I don't know how to feel about this book.
I was super excited to read Hedy's Folly because its about such an interesting and underreported part of history. Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood actress during the 1930's & 1940's she was known as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Hedy's fame and fortune were built on her stunning looks but Hedy Lamarr was so much more than a pretty face. Hedy was an Jewish immigrant from Vienna, Austria who in her free time when not making films enjoyed inven ...more
What do Caroline Herschel, Ada Lovelace, Mary Somerville, Mary Anning, Lise Meitner, Emmy Noether, Jocelyn Bell, Rosalind Franklin, Vera Rubin, and Hedy Lamarr (among others) have in common? They each made extraordinary scientific discoveries that went unrecognized because they were women, many of them having to endure male colleagues taking credit for their work, then winni ...more
This is the perfect book for girls who think science is not for them. It proves that girls CAN!
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Austro-American actress and mathematician, celebrated for her great beauty, who was a major contract star of MGM's "Golden Age."
9 November 1913 – 19 January 2000 ...more
It makes a remarkable story is the way the author describes Hedy Lamarr’s partnering with George Antheil “to invent a fundamental new wireless technology.” Indeed, it is a remarkable story and ably told by Richard Rhodes. Hedy’s Folly is a unique pairing in more ways than one. First, who would believe that the woman who owned the sobriquet “the most beautiful woman in the world” and created a scandal by baring all in an erotic 10 minute film scene when she was but 17 could possibly be intellige ...more
A quarter-century ago Richard Rhodes won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for a masterful history, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, and he has received numerous plaudits in the years since, both for nonfiction and fiction. But I don’t see any prizes in his future for this half-hearted little effort.
There’s nothing lacking in the material. It’s relatively well-known that Hedy Lamarr, a stunning film superstar of MGM’s Go ...more
And, in the seven decades since Lama ...more
Richard Rhodes, author of the Pulitzer w ...more
Once her invention is invented, the book veers away from her life (supposedly the subject of the book, according to the title), so we don't learn much about her marriage, film careers, legal battles, and so forth. In addition, devot ...more
Hedy said "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." But Hedy's father used to take her for walks and explain how things worked. She became interested and her hobby was inventing. Her first husband was an Austrian munitions manufacturer who refused to let her continue acting and never let her go anywhere unwatched. She finally got f ...more
This book is recommended for anyone interested in the 1920s, women’s or techno ...more
Born in Vienna Hedwig Kiesler, Hedy Lamarr more or less ran off from her upper middle class family to become a motion picture actress in the 1920s. She quit her career and married the third richest man in Austria, an arms merchant. But as the 20s turned to the 30s and Nazism began to become more of a threat she fled to London and then t ...more
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