For those interested in the history of invention, I have permission to
share an excerpt from the new book, "Much Ado About *Almost* Nothing,"
a history of electricity by microchip designer Hans Camenzind.
Camenzind moves like a charged particle through the history of
electronic invention, sketching dozens of inventors, scientists,
engineers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professors and others.
All the luminaries are here -- Franklin, Faraday, Morse, Bell, Tesla,
Edison, Marconi -- but Camenzind shines most when profiling lesser
lights who made big contributions.
The excerpt I'm distributing is about one such character: Lee de
Forest. Was he the "Father of Radio," as he proclaimed, or a fraud? He
helped develop the vacuum tube and rode it to three fortunes before
settling down with a Hollywood starlet to a life of relative obscurity.
The excerpt is available at the URL below, along with more information
about author Hans Camenzind and his new book, "Much Ado About *Almost*