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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jon Gertner
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In The Idea Factory, New York Times Magazine writer Jon Gertner reveals how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000 employees, 1200 of whom held PhDs and 13 of whom won Nobel Prizes. Thriving in a work environment that embraced new ideas, Bell Labs scientists introduced concepts that still propel many of today’s most exciting technologies.

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    Where does The Idea Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it's among the best autobiography I've ever read.


    What other book might you compare The Idea Factory to and why?

    May be the Google's story, In the Plex. But it's still different. The Idea Factory focuses mainly on the genius persons in Bell Labs, while In the Plex centers on the innovations that make Google successful.


    What does Chris Sorensen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His sound is quite good, and worth the price.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's too long.


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