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Marconi - The Man Who Networked the World

Marconi

The Man Who Networked the World
Marc Raboy
(2016)
Sprog: Engelsk
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
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  • Hardback: 832 sider
  • Udgiver: Oxford University Press, Incorporated (September 2016)
  • ISBN: 9780199313587
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. Newsand 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 withfront-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 wascourted 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. Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries, Raboy's biography offers the entirety of Marconi's story, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments in transatlantic communication, to his role as a diplomatic go-between. Raboy also exploresMarconi's relationships with his wives, lovers, mistresses and children, and examines in detail the last ten years of the inventor's life, when he returned to Italy and became a leading pillar of Benito Mussolini's fascist regime. Comprehensive, authoritative, and compelling, Marconi reveals theorigins of our networked world and the man who first realized it.
Prologue: Marconi in His Time and Ours

PART I The ProdigyChapter
1: Bologna: Beginnings
Chapter 2: Priority and Detractors
Chapter 3: London: Start-up
Chapter 4: The Magician
Chapter 5: New York: New Frontiers
Chapter 6: Love and Imperialism
Chapter 7: The Upstart Technology
Chapter 8: "The Great Thing"
Chapter 9: Newfoundland: The World Shrinks

PART II The PlayerChapter
10: Corralling the Brand
Chapter 11: Regulation
Chapter 12: Marriage
Chapter 13: A Life in Litigation
Chapter 14: The Marconi Aura
Chapter 15: A New World Order
Chapter 16: On the Way to Somewhere
Chapter 17: The Perfect Laureate

PART III The Pat RiotChapter
18: The Godsend
Chapter 19: Signals of War
Chapter 20: Wireless and Disaster
Chapter 21: "The Marconi Scandal"
Chapter 22: The Invisible Weapon
Chapter 23: "L'eroe magico"
Chapter 24: The Statesman
Chapter 25: The Spark

PART IV The OutsiderChapter
26: The Master of the House
Chapter 27: The Beam Indenture
Chapter 28: Radio
Chapter 29: The Merger
Chapter 30: The Anchor

PART V The ConformistChapter
31: A Servant of the Regime
Chapter 32: Science and Fascism
Chapter 33: "Your Every Wish Is My Command"
Chapter 34: Controlling His Legacy
Chapter 35: The Heritage
Chapter 36: He Only Cared About Wireless Postscript Acknowledgements Sources and Abbreviations Notes Bibliography
Index
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