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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely readable and informative, 30 April 2013
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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 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 hard to follow when the author digresses into the lives of some of the other greats of the subject (Faraday, Heaviside, Wheatstone etc.).
One tiresome flaw that cannot be blamed on the author is the high degree of typos in the text. This appears to be caused by the method that Kindle uses to capture the book for the Kindle format which seems to be based on scanning the text with an OCR system. Regrettably there is inadequate proof reading after this process and there is a small but continuous and annoying range of typos, especially towards the end of the book - Itadan for Italian, Dismanded for Dismantled, Detads for Details etc. etc.
I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in the technology of the time and the ways in which it was applied. It includes plenty of anecdotes around Marconi's life, the way he acquired his knowledge and how he set up one of the most successful early electronics companies. It is a shame that his modern successors managed to destroy his legacy.
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