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It is difficult to pinpoint the invention of the mixer. Although the superheterodyne receiver was invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong around 1918, the use of heterodyne techniques began much earlier, and a crude modulator, arguably a sort of mixer, existed in 1906. Thus, we are currently at a soft 100-year anniversary of the mixer, so it seems like a good time to look back at that technology to see how it arose. It's a good story.