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Hedy Lamarr's 'Secret Communication System'

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Hedy Lamarr's 'Secret Communication System'

Hedy Lamarr's 'Secret Communication System'

Hedy Lamarr's 'Secret Communication System'

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After Weekend Edition's interview with pianist Guy Livingston a few weeks ago on the music of American composer George Antheil , a few listeners wrote in to point out an interesting footnote: Antheil and actress Hedy Lamarr had received a patent in 1942 for a "secret communication system." NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Tony Rothman, author of Everything's Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology (John Wiley & Sons ISBN 0471202576). Rothman says the importance of the patent is largely a product of urban legend.