Mike Rowe has a podcast series called The Way I Heard It. This
talks about the most beautiful woman in the world during WWII, Hedy
Lamarr. She and
a composer came up with the idea of frequency hopping radio signals.
The podcast is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTC9LCIwwH8
More about it here:
James Burke had a show called Connections. He's start the show with
modern gizmo. Then he'd show the odd circumstances that came together to
make that modern
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Interesting and an odd coincidence for me.
Both Hedy Lamarr and the idea of frequency hopping came up separately.
1) My wife is going to be in a fashion show this upcoming weekend and
one of her friends who will also be in it had the opportunity to wear
one of Hedy Lamarr's dresses. She posted the photo on Facebook, but
declined to wear the dress because she figured she'd probably end up
2) I am reading Lee de Forest's auto-biography written in 1950...and he
mentioned the idea of frequency hopping back in the earliest days of
radio. It was a considerably cruder system than the one Hedy envisioned
but a very interesting read.
I remember when Connections was first on PBS. Best show ever about the
development of technology. Ended up getting the book which is equally
I learned about Hedy Lamarr inventions years ago myself. She must have
been one of those rare people who is good a many different things.
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