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The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner
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May 25, 12

really liked it

Vacuum tubes, transistors, masers, lasers -- all invented here. Claude Shannon, who as a graduate student wrote the paper that formed the basis for information theory (all information can be expressed as 0's and 1's) worked here. He was known to ride through the hallways of Bell Labs at Murray Hill on a unicycle. That much is true -- my father mentioned seeing him and the unicycle when Dad worked for the Labs at Murray Hill.

It seemed to me to be a very good book about how a giant monopoly nurtured some of the most influential discoveries of the 20th century, but I can't be unbiased about this book, since it is about the place where Dad worked, and reading it was like listening to Dad at the dinner table telling about his day. You be the judge.
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