Marconi: The Man Behind the Birth of Modern Communication

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Guglielmo Marconi is one of the most enigmatic figures in the history of technology. Inventor, entrepreneur, statesman and diplomat, Marconi shaped the age of electronic media more than any other. Before the dawn of the 20th century, he envisaged a world of seamless, wireless communication, and set out to create it using all the tools at his disposal--guile, charm, and visionary genius. Between 1896 and 1937, Marconi was at the heart of every major innovation in electronic communication. Bursting into public view literally overnight after the first demonstration of his wireless apparatus in London in 1896, Marconi was taken under the wing of powerful scientific, political and financial interests and soon developed a new corporate model for exploiting and protecting his inventions--a model combining patent protection, government lobbying and media relations. He established his company and worldwide headquarters in England and was decorated by the Czar of Russia, named an Italian Senator, knighted by King George V, and awarded the Nobel Peace Prize--all before the age of 40. Marc Raboy's biography traces the origins and emergence of our present networked system of global communication through the stunning life and career of Marconi. Based on original research and unpublished documents, Marconi connects significant parts of Marconi's story that have never before been looked at in a single work: his early days in Italy, the launch of his corporate empire in pre-WWI England, his groundbreaking experiments in transatlantic communication, his role in the creation and flourishing of the 20th century US media giants General Electric, RCA and NBC, the part he played in the negotiations that shaped the modern global media system, and his role as a diplomatic go-between in the intense period leading up to the Second World War.

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Marc Raboy is Professor and Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University

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Descripción Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 243 x 164 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. A little over a century ago the world went wireless. Cables and all their limiting inefficiencies gave way to a revolutionary means of transmitting news and information almost everywhere, instantaneously. By means of Hertzian waves, as radio waves were initially known, ships could now make contact with other ships (saving lives, such as on the doomed R.M.S. Titanic); financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, establishing the price of commodities and fixing exchange rates; military commanders could connect with the front lines, positioning artillery and directing troop movements. Suddenly and irrevocably, time and space telescoped beyond what had been thought imaginable. Someone had not only imagined this networked world but realized it: Guglielmo Marconi. As Marc Raboy shows us in this enthralling and comprehensive biography, Marconi was the first truly global figure in modern communications. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, he was in many ways stateless, working his cosmopolitanism to advantage. Through a combination of skill, tenacity, luck, vision, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, more critically, patented-the use of radio waves. Soon after he burst into public view with a demonstration of his wireless apparatus in London at the age of 22 in 1896, he established his Wireless Telegraph Signal Company and seemed unstoppable. 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. Until his death in 1937, Marconi was at the heart of every major innovation in electronic communication, courted by powerful scientific, political, and financial interests, and trailed by the media, which recorded and published nearly every one of his utterances. He established stations and transmitters in every corner of the globe, from Newfoundland to Buenos Aires, Hawaii to Saint Petersburg. Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries and several languages, Raboy s book is the first to connect significant parts of Marconi s story, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments, to his protean role in world affairs. Raboy also explores Marconi s relationships with his wives, mistresses, and children, and examines in unsparing detail the last ten years of the inventor s life, when he returned to Italy and became a pillar of Benito Mussolini s fascist regime. Raboy s engrossing biography, which will stand as the authoritative work of its subject, proves that we still live in the world Marconi created. Nº de ref. de la librería AOP9780199313587

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