Electronics: The Life Story of a Technology

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JHU Press, 29 нояб. 2007 г. - Всего страниц: 201
"'Electronics' provides a welcome, comprehensive history of one of the late twentieth century's greatest technologies: electronic devices. Some of them, the laser and the microchip for example, have become household words, and yet their origins and operation are largely unknown to the general public. Other devices that form the heart of important electronic systems remain mysterious outside the field of engineering. "Electronics" surveys the histories of all these devices, showing how they relate to each other and to the world at large. The development of electronic devices brought about many of the most important historical events of the past fifty years, such as the introduction of television, the Cold War, the Space Race, the rise of Asian semiconductor manufacturers, and the emergence of the surveillance society. Connecting technology and events, "Electronics" also relates the fascinating stories of how scientists and engineers created and commercialized such devices as the transistor, the Magnetron tube used to power microwave ovens, the CRT (cathode ray tube), the laser, the first integrated circuit, the microprocessor, and memory chips." - back cover.

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1 The Origins of Electronics 19001950
2 From Tubes to Semiconductors
3 Microchips and Lasers
4 The Peak Years
5 The Triumph of Microelectronics
6 Conclusions
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David L. Morton Jr., a historian of technology with expertise in the history of sound recording, electronics, and electric power, has been a research historian for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is the author of Sound Recording: The Life Story of a Technology, also published in paperback by Johns Hopkins. Joseph Gabriel is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

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