Stephen Hodson



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Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The invention that spa&hellip by Gavin Weightman
This was a most enjoyable read. As a retired employee of the Marconi Company it was interesting to see how little theoretical basis there was for Marconi's success and the thought of the enormous sparks needed to attain the long ranges of his transmissions give me the shivers. Other readers may like to know that The Haven Hotel in Poole that Marconi used as an early base still exists and has a suite called after him.
The book is a chronological description of Marconi's life with the emphasis on his technical achievements. There are one or two technical clangers - Tesla is described as subjecting himself to "huge currents of thousands of volts" - and the chronology is a little… Read more