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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on the personal details. but not on the technical stuff, 5 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The invention that sparked the radio revolution (Text Only) (Kindle Edition)
This is a fascinating story, and well told. The sense of wonder and amazement aroused in people when they saw that the seemingly impossible was now possible is well presented. The fact that one of the principal characters, Sir Oliver Lodge, was a disciple of Spiritualism is skilfully deployed to highlight just how mystified people were - if you accepted one, then why not the other ? Marconi, by his own admission, did not understand the science ( very few did at the time ) yet he was able to turn a laboratory curiosity into a hugely successful business, despite epic skulduggery from other wireless developers and the cable companies. A remarkable man, and a remarkable story.

There is no science at all in this book, which may be a relief for some, but I found the omission irritating. It's as though the author is saying to himself, "Science is hard and only for geeks, and it's not all that important, so let's leave it out". But it seems to me that a large part of the target audience would know about inductance and capacitance and wavelength and watts and stuff like that. Just a footnote now and then to outline the problems and the solutions Marconi & his team came up with would have been very welcome, instead of the "he worked hard and he fixed it" approach taken.
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