- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Telescope Books; 1st edition (January 23, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980038308
- ISBN-13: 978-0980038309
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,400,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I just put down a book that I had a hard time putting down: The History of Wireless: How Creative Minds Produced Technology for the Masses by Ira Brodsky, KC9TC. Ira's book covers the history of radio communications from the days of spark to today's palm-sized wireless communicators. This book is unlike your typical history book; instead of a dry read, this book is an entertaining read and held my interest to the very end. --Stan Horzepa, Contributing Editor, American Radio Relay League (ARRL.org)
Ira Brodsky tells the fascinating story of how the wireless technology that keeps us all in touch came to be. In this entertaining and authoritative account, he presents for the first time a comprehensive story of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who made it happen. His book is a testimony to the genius and determination of those who accomplished what others said could not be done. --Martin Cooper, leader of the Motorola team that created the first portable cell phone, and Chairman of Arraycomm
The History of Wireless is an impressively researched chronicle of the discoveries and inventions that led to today's ubiquitous wireless environment. It presents facts and insights that even industry veterans will find fascinating. Best of all, Brodsky's lively narrative explores the nature and passion of inventors, scientists and engineers. --Andrew Viterbi, inventor of the Viterbi algorithm and co-founder of Qualcomm
The scope of Ira Brodsky's History of Wireless is very impressive. It is a fount of knowledge and perspective for anyone interested in wireless technology. I learned many interesting details about how wireless evolved to where it is today from this fascinating book. --Jan Uddenfeldt, Senior Vice President, Technology, LM Ericsson
[The History of Wireless] transports you to a front row experience of how the industry grew, each discovery made, each opportunity missed, and how each of the inventors over the past 200+ years through determination and foresight brought us the current day wireless industry. I wish the book was available when I was studying science and electrical engineering in school... The book is effective not only in capturing the history so beautifully but for drawing the lessons from successes and failures of inventors and companies. --Chetan Sharma, Always On Real-Time Access blog
About the Author
Ira Brodsky has been a regular contributor to industry publications including Network World, America's Network, Wireless Review and Telephony. The History of Wireless: How Creative Minds Produced Technology for the Masses is his third book about wireless technology.
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Tesla is discussed, but no mention is made of his stalwart promotion of alternating current in opposition to Edison's belief in direct current.The author tends to describe Tesla as an experimenter.
The author's writing doesn't flow very well, making reading somewhat difficult.
Especially satisfying was that the book did not waste any ink on the show-business aspects of early broadcast radio, nor the gory details of patent disputes.
The technical detail thickened up as the discussion got to cell-phone technology, but then modern radio has gotten vastly more complex.
The book is a good summary. I recommend it.
invisible waves in the air that go through things and US. It was too involved in the marketing area for me. But still good. :-)
As an industry, the statistics are astounding: it's grown from a blip to one trillion dollars annually in wireless service revenue in 2 decades; 1.3 BILLION devices were shipped in 2007; and in 2008, it's the first year in human history when more people on Earth have a cell phone than do not; and would you dream of buying a laptop without wireless connectivity?
Unless you've been in the industry since the 1980's (as I have), it may be hard to fathom how the wireless industry came to be. Ira Brodsky successfully tackles the breadth and depth of wireless to create a readable and enjoyable understanding of the technology, the industry, and the pioneers who've created what none of us can live without.
I would recommend this book to all who enjoy reading the thread of history, or want a better understanding of what the future of OFDMA, WiMAX, LTE & 4G holds.