The book is a movie star biography about the inventions of Hedy Lamarr. Page wrote that although readers would expect such a book to be written by a Hollywood historian, Rhodes is best known for his studies in nuclear weapons.
"Rhodes is particularly good when describing intellectual milieus," wrote Page, "whether Vienna in the first years of the 20th century, the Paris of James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Sylvia Beach and — for that matter — the permanent bureaucracy of the Pentagon."
Page wrote, "Rhodes is one of those few writers capable of explaining complicated scientific ideas to the general public, invariably with clarity and precision and sometimes wit and poetry as well."
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