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Author: Arnold Thackray, David Brock, Rachel Jones Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781469093109
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Our world today—from the phone in your pocket to the car that you drive, the allure of social media to the strategy of the Pentagon—has been shaped irrevocably by the technology of silicon transistors. Year after year, for half a century, these tiny switches have enabled ever-more startling capabilities. Their incredible proliferation has altered the course of human history as dramatically as any political or social revolution. At the heart of it all has been one quiet Californian: Gordon Moore. At Fairchild Semiconductor, his seminal Silicon Valley startup, Moore—a young chemist turned electronics entrepreneur—had the defining insight: silicon transistors, and microchips made of them, could make electronics profoundly cheap and immensely powerful. Microchips could double in power, then redouble again in clockwork fashion. History has borne out this insight, which we now call “Moore’s Law”, and Moore himself, having recognized it, worked endlessly to realize his vision. With Moore’s technological leadership at Fairchild and then at his second start-up, the Intel Corporation, the law has held for fifty years. The result is profound: from the days of enormous, clunky computers of limited capability to our new era, in which computers are placed everywhere from inside of our bodies to the surface of Mars. Moore led nothing short of a revolution. In Moore’s Law, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore’s life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of twentieth-century technology is littered with overblown “revolutions.” Moore’s Law is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the foremost pioneers of the digital revolution, he is a visionary, engineer, and revered leader. His ‘law’ defined and guided the growth of computing power, and his business acumen helped to create Silicon Valley. This is an inspiring and instructive tale of how brilliance and leadership can coexist with humility and decency in a truly extraordinary person.”

    Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Steve Jobs

  • Moore’s Law is not only a definitive biography of a legendary figure in computing, but a fascinating account of the forces that triggered—and sustain—the digital revolution that has changed life for all of us.”

    Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex

  • “With care and color, Moore’s Law tells us how Gordon Moore, at the center of the IT revolution, applied his knowledge and insight in a quiet and effective way. When Gordon talked, everyone listened.”

    George P. Shultz, former US Secretary of State

  • “Gordon Moore’s story is one of disruptive innovation on the grandest scale, practiced by a brilliant technologist. Now at last we have the book that tells the story. Moore’s Law offers a compelling, absorbing account of Silicon Valley, and its role in human progress.”

    Clayton Christensen, professor at Harvard Business School

  • “Arnold Thackray and his co-authors integrate business history with the history of science and technology with great success, rendering this biography of Silicon Valley’s most important revolutionary a captivating and deeply illuminating read.”

    David A. Hollinger, professor emeritus, UC Berkeley

  • “[An] admiring, richly detailed book…[T]echies will be delighted with its full treatment of an important figure often overshadowed by such luminaries as Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Arnold Thackray was the founding president and CEO of the Life Sciences Foundation. Previously, he had served as the founding president and CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation Thackray received his MA and PhD degrees in the history of science from Cambridge University. He was founding chairman of the department of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.