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    • Crystal Fire

    • The Birth of the Information Age
    • By: Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson
    • Narrated by: Dennis McKee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Crystal Fire is a tale of the human factors in technology; the pride and jealousies coupled with scientific and economic aspiration that led to the creation of modern microelectronics and ignited the greatest technological explosion in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and not light on the science either!

    • By Ziloni on 06-18-03

    Regular price: $23.07

    • Crystal Fire

    • The Birth of the Information Age
    • By: Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson
    • Narrated by: Dennis McKee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    On December 16, 1947, two physicists at Bell Laboratories, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, jabbed two electrodes into a sliver of germanium half an inch long. The electrical power coming out of that piece of germanium was 100 times stronger than what went in. In that moment, the transistor was invented and the information age began. Crystal Fire recounts the story of the transistor team at Bell Labs, led by William Shockley, who shared the Nobel Prize with Bardeen and Brattain. 

    Regular price: $18.16