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Crystal Fire: The Birth of the Information Age [Livre audio] [Anglais] [Cassette]

Michael Riordan , Lillian Hoddeson , Dennis McKee

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Science as Thriller 5 février 1999
Par Michael J. Edelman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Who would have thought a book about the invention of the transistor could be so compelling? And yet here it is. The authors tell two parallel stories, one about the inventors, and one about the developments in physics that led to, and followed from, the invention of the transistor. The interplay between pure science and technology has seldom been explained as well.
I'd put this book alongside "The Invention That Changed The World" as the two best popular histories of science an technology of the decade.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Crystal Fire 31 décembre 1997
Par andy@wavelinkmedia.com - Publié sur Amazon.com
With a clearer explanation of the basic forces behind semi-conductivity and less history of quantum physics, this book would rate a '10.' As it stands, the authors seem to assume at least B.S. level competence in physical chemsistry in their readers and dwell ponderously on a century of scientific history that is but vaguely related to the central topic: invention of the transistor and its spawning of the chip industry. Better to have extended the story forward to Grove (instead of stalling in the 1960s) than wending backward to Bohr, but then what would the authors do for a sequel? Still, a compelling read and recommended, especially if you brush up on your sub-atomic particle physics and keep the periodic table close-at-hand. Best of all is the book's concluding sentence: "For as fire illuminates, we must always remember, it also consumes." So it does--and if this story hooks you, it will consume 285 pages of bathroom time.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Original research for a change 11 janvier 1998
Par chulas_friend - Publié sur Amazon.com
The authors created this book the old fashioned way with in depth interviews and research into unpublished materials. This makes it particularly interesting and credible. From discussion of the original patents to Bell Labs office politics and Shockley's diary, this book is a treasure trove of info.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An admirable telling of the transistor's history. 29 août 1997
Par Jason Black - Publié sur Amazon.com
The story of the transistor's birth and early life is a long one, spanning decades. In Crystal Fire, the authors do a remarkable job of picking and choosing the relevant events in the world of physics and tying those events with the lives of the story's principal characters. This book gets particularly high marks for explaining quantum mechanical phenomena without resorting to higher levels of math than many of us remember. I was somewhat annoyed at first blush with how far back the authors start the story, but in the end my understanding of the workings of transistors, the personalities of its inventors, and the historical context in which it was invented was very well served by their narrative. The only fault I found was with the authors' propensity for referring to characters only by last name. There were many people involved in the transistor's birth, and I found the plethora of last names somewhat confusing.
I have loved books about the history of science for years; in reading them I feel some shred of the excitement and glory that the scientists themselves must have felt. In that respect, this book holds up beautifully, and I recommend it to anyone who loves science, and particularly electronics, as much as I do
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A spectacular read! 16 août 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
I can't remember a more absorbing book. Crystal
Fire is the story of the humble transistor-because
of its invention, you are reading this on-line.
The authors not only write beautifuly, it's
obvious that in-depth historical research was
involved. The main protagonists won the Nobel
Prize for their achievement, but in many cases
were less than worthy human beings. But Crystal
Fire is a compeling, absorbing read. Please don't
miss this one. In fact, Crystal Fire would make
one helluva movie. Hello, Holywood?
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