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208 × 156 mm
240 pages
80 illustrations, 30 in colour
01 May 2019
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Radio Making Waves in Sound Alasdair Pinkerton

Radio is a medium of apparently endless contradictions. Now in its third century of existence, the technology still seems startlingly modern; despite frequent predictions of its demise, radio continues to evolve and flourish in the age of the Internet and social media. This book explores the history and mythology of the radio, describing its technological, political and social evolution, and how it emerged from Victorian experimental laboratories to become a near-ubiquitous presence in our lives. The book is shaped by radio’s multiple characters and characteristics – radio waves occur in nature, but have been harnessed and moulded by human beings to bridge oceans and reconfigure our experience of space and time. An informative and thought-provoking book for all enthusiasts of an old technology that still has the capacity to enthuse, entertain, entice and enrage.

Alasdair Pinkerton is Reader in Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is an avid radio listener and has battled with the ionosphere in the often futile attempt to receive shortwave signals from around the world.