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Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron (English Edition) par [Camenzind, Hans]
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A history of electricity and electronics.

How the puny electron at first bothered mankind, then gradually became useful, and now dominates our lives.

And the story of the people who encountered this mysterious particle.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2158 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 240 pages
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  • Editeur : Booklocker.com, Inc. (16 février 2007)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BX2ACYI
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j'ai surtout acheté ce livre pour la partie sur les semi-conducteurs la plus récente (après les années 50), et elle est vraiment intéressante.
C'est un livre écrit par un professionnel, quelqu'un qui a fréquenté soit directement les personnes impliqués, soit des personnes qui leur étaient proches. Il foisonne d’anecdotes qui sentent le "vécu".
ça n'a rien à voir avec un livre écrit par un journaliste.
Au niveau de l'anglais, on sent qu'il a été écrit par un européen, les tournures sont simples, c'est clair, limpide et très facilement accessible.
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Written by a semiconductor designer (NE555 anyone ?), but a non technical reader can really enjoy it.
It is such an adventure, discovering the huge steps of electrical science and technology since the early 1900's
Got it on paper, kindle and bought extra copiers to offer as gifts to fellow engineers !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Much Ado About Something Special 30 août 2012
Par Craig W. French - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer and author of "Designing Analog Chips", has written perhaps one of the best science books available in "Much Ado About Almost Nothing". A nearly comprehensive account of the discovery and uses of the electron, this book is readable for the layperson, entertaining and accurate. No technical knowledge is required to enjoy this book. It should be required reading for high school and junior high school science students. Camenzind's aim is to "follow man's encounter with the electron...how a few people overcame their superstitions and began to investigate; how the electron gradually became useful, though man still had no idea what it was; how it finally revealed itself and then grew in importance to such an extent that we are completely, utterly dependent on it." He easily achieves this goal, covering the period 600 B.C. through 2007 A.D., illuminating the development of electricity, magnetism, gravity, the telegraph, telephone, light bulb, phonograph, electric motor, generator, direct current and alternating current, cathode rays, X rays, vacuum tube, radio, television, computers and transistors. Along the way, readers learn the biographies of more than seventy experimenters and inventors, including Thales, Maricourt, Gilbert, von Guericke, Gray, Dufay, von Muschenbrock, Nollet, Franklin, Bell, Watson, Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, Maxwell, Hertz, Marconi, Roentgen, Thomson, Millikan, Rutherford, Bohr, Fleming, Pickard, De Forest, Sarnoff, Armstrong, Nipkow, Baird, Farnsworth, Zworykin, Pascal, Leibniz, Babbage, Boole, Hollerith, Zuse, Stibitz, Aiken, Atanasoff, Mauchly, Watson, Braun, Shockley, Brattain, Bardeen, Teal, Noyce, Moore, Hoerni, Kilby and Hoff, as well as other secondary and tertiary contributors. Camenzind clearly was a man who did his own thinking -- his values regarding experimentation shine in passages such as this one, referring to Benjamin Franklin's deliberate, determined investigations into electricity: "He had the advantage of knowing practically nothing about electricity when he started out and so was not hindered by false assumptions and theories." Another passage illustrates Camenzind's clear writing style: "And what about magnetism, the early and constant companion of electricity? It turned out to be caused by the electron, as Ampere had suspected. The motion of an electron creates a circulating current, which in turn creates a magnetic field. In most gases, liquids and solids the orientation of the electrons is random so that these small magnets cancel each other out. In ferromagnetic materials (such as iron) an external magnetic field forces the electrons to align themselves. In permanent magnets the atoms are so close together that they influence each other and the electrons remain in common alignment, producing a magnetic field in unison." As a biographer, Camenzind presents each scientist concisely yet effectively, teaching us interesting facts about both their scientific work and their personal characteristics -- a good example is the description of the oddball Henry Cavendish (who discovered Ohm's law half a century before Ohm, found Dalton's law of partial pressure before Dalton, anticipated Coloumb by several years and Discovered Charles' law of gasses before Charles and yet never published any of those findings): "he had a high-pitched, shrill voice and was morbidly shy...If spoken to he would blush, stammer, squeak and disappear...He shuffled around at the gatherings of the Royal Society in a quick, uneasy step, listening over other peoples' shoulders to what was being said, but disappeared when one of the participants noticed him...He had servants but communicated with them mainly through notes. He was deathly afraid of women; if a female servant met him accidentally in the hallway, she was fired instantly." Speaking of women, other than Marie Curie, who makes a brief appearance in the discussion of X-rays and radiation, all of the characters in Much Ado About Almost Nothing are male; it would have been nice if Camenzind had included Ada Lovelace's programming contributions in the discussion of Babbage's Difference Engine and Analytical Engine. The field has clearly been male-dominated, hopefully that will change to a more balanced set of contributions from both genders in the future.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shows Real Truths Behind Industry Marketing Propaganda. 23 octobre 2016
Par Metin Ozsavran - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Not a practicing engineer myself, just an ancient EE graduate. But even to me, wealth of insight and opinionated evaluation of historical events here makes this book worth its weight in gold. There are minor mixups in picture captions, but the whole book reads like one solid punch delivered to the face masterfully. Its a rare antidote to all those pre-paid propaganda biographies that try to clear names of the payers. This book does not do false propaganda for anybody, and truly shows real ugly face of all those "pure good" egoists, liars, posers of the industry, as well as a few tormented good souls. It corrects so many false propaganda hypes. Must read to understand true roots of EE, and industry.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best book on history of science and engineering I have read so far! 23 décembre 2013
Par Pavel Anni - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's amazing how one can cover such a great period of history without losing facts or dates or clarity! The author starts with ancient world and goes through history up to transistors an ICs: discovery by discovery, invention by invention and, most importantly, person by person. He describes them in so vivid details that you start thinking he knew them all presonally. What is unique about this book is that author's deep technical knowledge works in conjunction with his historical vision and genuine interest in scientists' personalities. It's amazing how many discoveries were made by chance, and it's also amazing how many technological leaps were ruined by patent wars, greed and personality problems.
All the science and technology facts are described with 100% accuracy (I was surprised to know that Hans Camenzind is the inventor of 555 chip), at the same time the explanation is so clear, that I am sure even my 10-year old son will be able to understand it. The only thing that stops me from giving him this book immediately is the fact that out of all the scientists and engineers described in the book, roughly 2/3 of them ended their lives in poverty and poor health and unfortunately they can't be a good example and one's motivation to become an engineer... Those who didn't usually had really bad character and their business practices were far from ideal. That's our life...
Anyway, I highly recommend this book to everyone who has even a slightest interest in technology and how things around you work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth reading 14 mars 2010
Par M. Hamed - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating book. I enjoyed reading it, and it is actually one of the few books that I have read cover to cover. The stories are engaging and the history is inspiring. I think it makes a big difference if you have a background in technology or physics since it builds up your curiosity.

The one thing I didn't like about the book, and I don't really know if it's the author fault or just the state of things is that the names / dates are so many that it can become confusing sometimes. So it makes good for a second read to follow up on what you missed.

The book also chronicles about greed and how some of the most brilliant guys in history have been crushed by patents/lawyers/monopoly/bigger companies. Particularly saddening is the story of Armstrong the father of modern Radio. It takes more than a brilliant mind to succeed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And more volumes should be written 16 janvier 2014
Par Todd B. Marshall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am at a loss for who this book should "not" be recommended to. It gives answers to what I think are the most important questions regarding discoveries in science. That is "how did they make their discoveries"? This book only covers 20 or so very important scientific discoveries. It also gives credit where credit is due... and reveals where credit assumed was not due.

The author is now dead ... but there is certainly more to be written about, and in other disciplines (this book focuses on things atomic and electronic).

And educational and enjoyable read.
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