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Broken genius : the rise and fall of William Shockley, creator of the electronic age

Author: Joel N Shurkin
Publisher: London ; New York : Macmillan, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Details the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Shockley, who co-invented the transistor and was an outspoken advocate of eugenics.
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: William Shockley; William Shockley; William Shockley; William Shockley; William Shockley
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joel N Shurkin
ISBN: 1403988153 9781403988157 9780230551923 0230551920
OCLC Number: 64511173
Description: ix, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I: Moira: May and Billy --
'I've got dark eyes. I can frighten people' --
The lightness of being --
II: Hubris: war and the transistor --
'Of a highly explosive character' --
'I hope you have better luck in the future' --
'I think we better call Shockley' --
'There's enough glory in this for everybody' --
' ... To do my climbing by moonlight & unroped' --
'Well-equipped female with brains' --
III: Nemesis: silicon valley and obsession --
'Really peculiar ideas about how to motivate people' --
'Three generations of imbeciles are enough' --
'What law of nature have you discovered?' --
'Someday we may actually be terrible alone' --
'The high cost of thinking the unthinkable' --
'I love you'.
Responsibility: Joel N. Shurkin.
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