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. Volume XX Number 1. . . .September 6, 2013
In the fifth of the “Great Idea” series, this vibrant picture book biography gives readers a glimpse into the life of renowned inventor Guglielmo Marconi. The prose-poem introduction above sets the tone of the book and instantly provides an awareness of the impact of wireless upon the world. Children aged five to eight are introduced to factors that inspired Marconi's imagination and that led to one of the most significant discoveries of the last century.
Unlike some of the other characters featured in this series (e.g. Elijah McCoy, Margaret Knight ) Marconi, born in Bologna, Italy, came from a background of privilege and wealth. Though initially a mediocre student, Marconi’s enthusiasm for learning about all things electrical was a constant fascination for him. As he matured, he steeped himself in Heinrich Hertz's writings on radio waves and became intrigued by Morse Code, the language of the telegraph. With these inspirations before him, he pursued the idea of finding a way to use radio waves to send messages. As a very young man, he invented a wireless telegraph which he demonstrated by successfully sending messages between land and sea for the benefit of no less a personage than Queen Victoria. Finally, in 1901, he successfully transmitted a message from Cornwall, England, to St. John's, Newfoundland.
Aileen Wortley, a retired librarian, lives in Toronto, ON.
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