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Mechanical Dreams Come True

In the annals of science George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr are remembered as the improbable inventors of a system for the radio control of airborne torpedoes that they called frequency-hopping. By rapidly switching a radio transmission among a large number of frequency channels the idea offered a way, they theorized, to direct missiles that could resist jamming attempts by the Nazis. They actually received a patent in 1942, though there was no interest among the American military until the 1960s. The story of these unlikely scientific collaborators is told in an imaginative, two-character multimedia 80-minute play, Frequency Hopping, written and directed by Elyse Singer and recently presented by The Hourglass Group in New York City.
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