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

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

Jon Gertner


From its beginnings within the Twenties until eventually its loss of life within the Nineteen Eighties, Bell Labs-officially, the examine and improvement wing of AT&T-was the largest, and arguably the simplest, laboratory for brand spanking new rules on the earth. From the transistor to the laser, from electronic communications to mobile telephony, it really is demanding to discover a side of contemporary lifestyles that hasn't been touched by way of Bell Labs. within the inspiration manufacturing unit, Jon Gertner lines the origins of a few of the 20 th century's most crucial innovations and offers a riveting and heretofore untold bankruptcy of yankee background. At its middle this can be a tale in regards to the lifestyles and paintings of a small team of significant and whimsical men-Mervin Kelly, invoice Shockley, Claude Shannon, John Pierce, and invoice Baker-who spent their careers at Bell Labs. this day, while the force to invent has turn into a mantra, Bell Labs bargains us the way to increase our realizing of the demanding situations and options to technological innovation. right here, in any case, was once the place the foundational rules at the administration of innovation have been born.

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