Poll: The Most Important Breakthrough For Wireless Comms.

The technical breakthroughs which, eventually, made wireless communications a possibility stretch back almost 200 years. Which of the many technical advances over the years was the most important?

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  1. June 17, 2010 13:56

    Surely the Braun’s 1874 tuned circuit is a bit premature, 14 years before Hertz showed that radio waves were possible?????
    In any case Oliver Lodge patented the principle of tuned circuits for selective reception of radio signals which he called “syntonic tuning” in 1898.

  2. Mike Bryant
    June 16, 2010 03:47

    As even Stephen Hawking has said, Maxwell was in another league to all these others.

  3. David Manners
    June 15, 2010 16:57

    Good point George. Maxwell was definitiely a contender. It’s really difficult to limit this down to half a dozen.

  4. David Manners
    June 15, 2010 16:54

    A valid point, EW, and Hertz was considered. But only a limited number of breakthroughs could go in the poll. In another person’s poll, Hertz might well be included.

  5. George
    June 15, 2010 15:33

    Maxwell’s equations? Yes, he built on the work of other, like Gauss, Ampère, and Faraday, but he was the first to tie it all together.

  6. EW
    June 15, 2010 12:15

    Why was Heinrich Hertz missed from this list?

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