Broken Genius : The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Reprint)

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Broken Genius : The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Reprint)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 297 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780230551923
  • DDC分類 973

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This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century. Drawing upon unique access to the private Shockley archives, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Part I Moira: May and Billy
1 'I've got dark eyes. I can frighten 3
people.'
2 The lightness of being 22
Part II Hubris: war and the transistor
3 'Of a highly explosive character' 45
4 'I hope you have better luck in the 63
future'
5 'I think we better call Shockley' 86
6 'There's enough glory in this for 107
everybody'
7 '...To do my climbing by moonlight & 125
unroped'
8 'Well-equipped female with brains' 142
Part III Nemesis: Silicon Valley and obsession
9 'Really peculiar ideas about how to 163
motivate people'
10 'Three generations of imbeciles are enough' 190
11 'What law of nature have you discovered?' 212
12 'Someday we may actually be terribly alone' 226
13 The high cost of thinking the unthinkable' 241
14 'I love you' 257
Bibliography 274
Acknowledgments 285
Index 288