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Marconi: The man who networked the world

MARC RABOY

 
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Nominated for the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award in Non-fiction.

Longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Behind so much of what we take for granted in the world of instantaneous communication towers Guglielmo Marconi. Thanks to his wireless system, which came into full use about a century ago, the cables that had constrained communication, slowing the exchange of news and information, disappeared. News
and information could be transmitted almost everywhere, instantaneously. Ships could communicate with other ships (which saved at least some of the passengers on the RMS Titanic), financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, and military commanders could maintain contact with
front-line troops. Through a combination of skill, luck, vision, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, more critically, patented-a radio system that profoundly and irrevocably changed the way the world communicated.

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. After a demonstration of his wireless apparatus using
"Hertzian waves," as radio waves were called, in London at the age of 22 in 1896, he established his Wireless Telegraph and Signal Co. Between that moment and his death in 1937, Marconi was at the heart of every major innovation in electronic communication, including radio transmission, and was
courted by powerful scientific, political, and financial interests. 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

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Auteur :  MARC RABOY
Titre : Marconi: The man who networked the world
Date de parution : juillet 2016
Éditeur : OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
Pages : 832
Sujet : PERSONNAGES HISTORIQUES
ISBN : 9780199313587 (019931358X)
Référence Renaud-Bray : 12634545
No de produit : 2301594

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