Kmfurr's Reviews > Crystal Fire: The Invention of the Transistor and the Birth of the Information Age

Crystal Fire by Michael Riordan
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Jan 09, 11

Read in January, 2011

Recounts the invention of the discrete transistor at Bell Labs in 1947 and the lives of its three Nobel-prize winning inventors, Brattain, Bardeen, and Shockley. A bit boring compared with other tales of invention I've read. The audiobook was annoying because the voice-actor sounded like an old cowboy reading around the campfire, which just clashed with this tale of high-tech innovation. But still a must-read if you want to follow the thread of innovation in modern technology.

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