Tom Scott

The First Ever Wireless Hack: Marconi vs Maskelyne

No, it wasn’t called “hacking” back then: it was called “scientific hooliganism”. Let’s talk about Marconi, Nevil Maskelyne, and a demonstration that didn’t go as planned. And go check out the Royal Institution’s channel! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFfRqoIdArM&index=3&list=PLbnrZHfNEDZyfUXqroIlSf2hOznnThqM0

I’m indebted to Sungook Hong’s wonderful book “Wireless”, which helped me track down some of the more obscure sources here — and to the British Library, whose incredible archives and microfilm tapes helped me find the original newspapers and journals you see in the video.

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