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

by Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson

Crystal Fire : The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age (ISBN10: 0393318516; ISBN13: 9780393318517)
ISBN13: 978-0393318517
ISBN10: 0393318516

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0393041248
ISBN10: 0393041247

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 ...show more 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 12/28/1998
International: No

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