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Sidestep and Twist by James Gardner

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THE SIDESTEP

Fleming’s rags-to-not-quite-rags story is typical for almost every great genius who creates a breakthrough. That this happens so often is difficult to believe. We are conditioned by tales of the great inventors of history, those who got rich on the back of their world-changing products. Such stories are central to the capitalist dogma of our age: if you work hard enough, have enough talent, or strike just the right kind of luck, the market will reward you.

The market certainly did not look after Fleming. It did, however, look after the entrepreneurs who used the oscillation valve to create various technological advancements we all take for granted today. By 1920, for example, companies were making radio receivers that could be plugged ...

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