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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

Paperback - 26 February 2013
Gertner, Jon (Author)
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The definitive history of America's greatest incubator of innovation and the birthplace of some of the 20th century's most influential technologies

From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, Bell Labs-officially, the research and development wing of AT&T-was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world. From the transistor to the laser, from digital communications to cellular telephony, it's hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn't been touched by Bell Labs. In The Idea Factory, Jon Gertner traces the origins of some of the twentieth century's most important inventions and delivers a riveting and heretofore untold chapter of American history. At its heart this is a story about the life and work of a small group of brilliant and eccentric men-Mervin Kelly, Bill Shockley, Claude Shannon, John Pierce, and Bill Baker-who spent their careers at Bell Labs. Today, when the drive to invent has become a mantra, Bell Labs offers us a way to enrich our understanding of the challenges and solutions to technological innovation. Here, after all, was where the foundational ideas on the management of innovation were born.

The definitive history of America's greatest incubator of technological innovation. In this first full portrait of the legendary Bell Labs, Gertner takes readers behind one of the greatest collaborations between business and science in history.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0143122797

ISBN-13: 9780143122791

Publisher: Penguin Books       

Language: English

Age Range: 18 - UP years

Grade Level: 13 - UP

Paperback: 422 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 21.31 x 13.94 x 2.39 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.36 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
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#27 in Books » Professional » Engineering

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