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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (53 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Riordan Narrator: Dennis McKee Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Without the invention of the transistor, I'm quite sure that the PC would not exist as we know it today. Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation.

On December 16, 1947, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, physicists at Bell Laboratories, jabbed two electrodes into a sliver of germanium half an inch long. The electrical power coming out of that piece of germanium was 100 times stronger than what went in. In that moment the transistor was invented and the Information Age began. Crystal Fire recounts the story of the transistor team at Bell Labs headed up by William Shockley, who shared the Nobel Prize with Bardeen and Brattain. While his colleagues went on to other research, Shockley grew increasingly obsessed with the new gadget. Eventually he formed his own firm, the first semiconductor company in what would become Silicon Valley. Above all, Crystal Fire is a tale of the human factors in technology; the pride and jealousies coupled with scientific and economic aspiration that led to the creation of modern microelectronics and ignited the greatest technological explosion in history.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Unojoe2 | 5/26/2013

    " should be required reading for any modern technology student. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by BAKU | 3/13/2013

    " The first third of this is all quantum physics ( finally made the connection that it's the Pauli principle that's keeping atoms from collasping, that's why it was neccessary ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marie | 3/1/2013

    " Better than 3 stars, but dies at the end if I recall. Serious semiconductor nerds find it super readable and it's nice to know where everything came from, if you like the history of science. Otherwise, skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew Johnson | 11/27/2011

    " Well written. Concise description of the invention and application of the transistor. "

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