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

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation Author Jon Gertner
ISBN-10 0143122797
ISBN-13 9780143122791
Year 2012-03-15
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s Bell Labs officially the research and development wing of AT T was the biggest and arguably the best laboratory for new ideas in the world From the transistor to the laser from digital communications to cellular telephony it s hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn t been touched by Bell Labs In The Idea Factory Jon Gertner traces the origins of some of the twentieth century s most important inventions and delivers a riveting and heretofore untold chapter of American history At its heart this is a story about the life and work of a small group of brilliant and eccentric men Mervin Kelly Bill Shockley Claude Shannon John Pierce and Bill Baker who spent their careers at Bell Labs Today when the drive to invent has become a mantra Bell Labs offers us a way to enrich our understanding of the challenges and solutions to technological innovation Here after all was where the foundational ideas on the management of innovation were born From the Trade Paperback edition

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