OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World

ISBN : 9780199313587

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¥6,457
著者: 
Marc Raboy
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872 ページ
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Hardcover
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164 x 243 mm
刊行日
2016年09月
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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 Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries and several languages, Raboy's book is the first to connect significant parts of Marconi's story, from his early days in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.

目次: 

PART I THE PRODIGY
Chapter One: Bologna: Beginnings
Chapter Two: Priority and Detractors
Chapter Three: London: Start-up
Chapter 4: The Magician
Chapter Five: New York: New Frontiers
Chapter Six: Love and Imperialism
Chapter Seven: The Upstart Technology
Chapter Eight: The Great Thing
Chapter Nine: Newfoundland: The World Shrinks

PART II THE PLAYER
Chapter Ten: Corralling the Brand
Chapter Eleven: Regulation
Chapter Twelve: Marriage
Chapter Thirteen: A Life in Litigation
Chapter Fourteen: The Marconi Aura
Chapter Fifteen: A New World Order
Chapter Sixteen: On the Way to Somewhere
Chapter Seventeen: The Perfect Laureate

PART III THE PATRIOT
Chapter Eighteen: The Godsend
Chapter Nineteen: Signals of War
Chapter Twenty: Wireless and Disaster
Chapter Twenty-One: The Marconi Scandal
Chapter Twenty-Two: The Invisible Weapon
Chapter Twenty-Three: L'eroe magico
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Statesman
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Spark

PART IV THE OUTSIDER
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Master of the House
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Beam Indenture
Chapter Twenty-Eight: Radio
Chapter Twenty-Nine: The Merger
cc Chapter Thirty: The Anchor

PART V THE CONFORMIST
Chapter Thirty-One: A Servant of the Regime
Chapter Thirty-Two: Science and Fascism
Chapter Thirty-Three: Your Every Wish Is My Command
Chapter Thirty-Four: Controlling His Legacy
Chapter Thirty-Five: The Heritage
Chapter Thirty-Six: He Only Cared About Wireless . . .

Postscript
Acknowledgements
Sources and Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

著者について: 

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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