The man who saw tomorrow : the life and inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky (Book, 2018) [WorldCat.org]
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The man who saw tomorrow : the life and inventions of Stanford R. Ovshinsky

Author: Lillian Hoddeson; Peter K Garrett
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Economist called Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922--2012) the Edison of our age, but this apt comparison doesn't capture the full range of his achievements. As an independent, self-educated inventor, Ovshinsky not only created many important devices but made fundamental discoveries in materials science. This book offers the first full-length biography of a visionary whose energy and information innovations continue  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Stanford R Ovshinsky; Stanford R Ovshinsky; Stanford R Ovshinsky
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lillian Hoddeson; Peter K Garrett
ISBN: 9780262037532 026203753X
OCLC Number: 993134373
Description: xv, 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; Becoming an Inventor; Inventing with Others; The Intuitive Mind; Stan the Man; A Long Trajectory; I Becoming an Inventor; 1 Young Years (1920s-1930s); 2 Passion for Machines (1940-1944) Continued contents note: 3 Smarter Machines (1944-1952) --
4 Love Story (1950s) --
5 New Beginnings in the Storefront (1960-1964) --
II Inventing with Others --
6 The Birth of ECD: An Invention Factory (1965-1979) . . .
Responsibility: Lillian Hoddeson and Peter K. Garrett.

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"The Economist called Stanford R. Ovshinsky (1922--2012) the Edison of our age, but this apt comparison doesn't capture the full range of his achievements. As an independent, self-educated inventor, Ovshinsky not only created many important devices but made fundamental discoveries in materials science. This book offers the first full-length biography of a visionary whose energy and information innovations continue to fuel our post-industrial economy. In The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett tell the story of an unconventional genius with no formal education beyond high school who invented, among other things, the rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries that have powered everything from portable electronics to hybrid cars, a system for mass-producing affordable thin-film solar panels, and rewritable CDs and DVDs. His most important discovery, the Ovshinsky effect, led to a paradigm shift in condensed matter physics and yielded phase-change memory, which is now enabling new advances in microelectronics. A son of the working class who began as a machinist and toolmaker, Ovshinsky focused his work on finding solutions to urgent social problems, and to pursue those goals, he founded Energy Conversion Devices, a unique research and development lab. At the end of his life, battered by personal and professional losses, Ovshinsky nevertheless kept working to combat global warming by making solar energy cheaper than coal -- another of his many visions of a better tomorrow."--Provided by publisher.

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