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Author: Joel N Shurkin
Publisher: London ; New York : Macmillan, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century. Drawing upon unique access to the private Shockley archives, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Shurkin, Joel N., 1938-
Broken genius.
London ; New York : Macmillan, 2006
(DLC) 2006041039
(OCoLC)64511173
Named Person: William Shockley; William Shockley; William Shockley; William Shockley
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel N Shurkin
ISBN: 9780230552296 0230552293
OCLC Number: 228856709
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 297 pages) : illustrations
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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