Jon Gertner

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I’m a book author and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and I tend to describe myself as both a journalist and historian. In addition to the Sunday Magazine, my writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Wired, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Technology Review and Fast Company. Usually I write about science, nature, technology, and business. But oftentimes my articles explore the intersections between all those areas. At least to me, that’s where the most interesting things happen.

My first book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation, was published by Penguin Press in 2012. The Ice at the End of the World, my new book, is being
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4.17 avg rating — 5,646 ratings — published 2012 — 11 editions
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“You get paid for the seven and a half hours a day you put in here,” Kelly often told new Bell Labs employees in his speech to them on their first day, “but you get your raises and promotions on what you do in the other sixteen and a half hours.”
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“The first is that if you haven’t manufactured the new thing in substantial quantities, you have not innovated;”
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“We have now successfully passed all our deadlines without meeting any of them.”
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