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Crystal Fire : The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age

Crystal Fire : The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393318517

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ISBN13: 978-0393318517
ISBN10: 0393318516
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Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1997
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Crystal Fire : The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393318517

Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson

ISBN13: 978-0393318517
ISBN10: 0393318516
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

On December 16, 1947, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, physicists at Bell Laboratories, jabbed two electrodes into a sliver of germanium. The power flowing from the germanium far exceeded what went in; in that moment the transistor was invented and the Information Age was born. No other devices have been as crucial to modern life as the transistor and the microchip it spawned, but the story of the science and personalities that made these inventions possible has not been fully told until now.

Crystal Fire fills this gap and carries the story forward. William Shockley, Bell Labs' team leader and co-recipient of the Nobel Prize with Brattain and Bardeen for the discovery, grew obsessed with the transistor and went on to become the father of Silicon Valley. Here is a deeply human story about the process of invention -- including the competition and economic aspirations involved -- all part of the greatest technological explosion in history.

Author Bio

Riordan, Michael : Stanford University

Stanford University physicist Michael Riordan has written several popular books on science and technology. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Hoddeson, Lillian : University of Illinios

Lillian Hoddeson is an historian at the University of Illinois and lives in Urbana. Research for Crystal Fire was sponsored by the Sloan Foundation.

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