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 study and improvement wing of AT&T-was the most important, and arguably the easiest, laboratory for brand new principles on this planet. From the transistor to the laser, from electronic communications to mobile telephony, it is challenging to discover a side of contemporary lifestyles that hasn't been touched via Bell Labs. within the proposal manufacturing unit, Jon Gertner strains the origins of a few of the 20th century's most vital innovations and offers a riveting and heretofore untold bankruptcy of yankee heritage. At its center it is a tale in regards to the lifestyles and paintings of a small workforce of marvelous and kooky men-Mervin Kelly, invoice Shockley, Claude Shannon, John Pierce, and invoice Baker-who spent their careers at Bell Labs. at the present time, while the force to invent has develop into a mantra, Bell Labs bargains us how to improve our realizing of the demanding situations and options to technological innovation. right here, finally, was once the place the foundational principles at the administration of innovation have been born.

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