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The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation

The idea factory : Bell Labs and the great age of American innovation

Author: Jon Gertner
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this first full portrait of the legendary Bell Labs, journalist Jon Gertner takes readers behind one of the greatest collaborations between business and science in history. Officially the research and development wing of AT & T, Bell Labs made seminal breakthroughs from the 1920s to the 1980s in everything from lasers to cellular telephony, becoming arguably the best laboratory for new ideas in the world.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon Gertner
ISBN: 9780143122791 0143122797 9781594203282 1594203288
OCLC Number: 826658689
Notes: Originally published: 2012.
Description: 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Wicked problems --
Oil drops --
West to East --
System --
War --
Solid state --
House of magic --
The informationist --
Man and machines --
Formula --
Silicon --
Empire --
An instigator --
On Crawford Hill --
Futures, real and imagined --
Mistakes --
Competition --
Apart --
Afterlives --
Inheritance --
Responsibility: Jon Gertner.


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"Filled with colorful characters and inspiring lessons . . . The Idea Factory explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation?" -Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Read more...

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