Book ID: CBB001422636

Conquering the Electron: The Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels Who Built Our Electronic Age (2014)


Cheung, Derek T. (Author)
Brach, Eric (Author)

Rowman & Littlefield

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Translated from the Chinese
Physical Details: x + 342 pp.; ill.
Language: English

Conquering the Electron offers readers a true and engaging history of the world of electronics, beginning with the discoveries of static electricity and magnetism and ending with the creation of the smartphone and the iPad. This book shows the interconnection of each advance to the next on the long journey to our modern-day technologies. Exploring the combination of genius, infighting, and luck that powered the creation of today's electronic age, Conquering the Electron debunks the hero worship so often plaguing the stories of great advances. Want to know how AT&T's Bell Labs developed semiconductor technology---and how its leading scientists almost came to blows in the process? Want to understand how radio and television work---and why RCA drove their inventors to financial ruin and early graves? Conquering the Electron offers these stories and more, presenting each revolutionary technological advance right alongside blow-by-blow personal battles that all too often took place.

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Authors & Contributors
Ferrer, Bruno
Figueroa, Javier
Giusti, Juan
Sola, Cesar
Burns, R. W.
Harris, James R.
History of Technology
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
History and Technology
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Revue Économiques
Springer Nature
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
University of Massachusetts Press
Harlan Davidson, Inc.
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Communication technology
Television; video
Technology and culture
Science and technology, relationships
Altshuler, Semen Aleksandrovich
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Fourier, Jean Baptiste Joseph
Majorana, Ettore
Kim Choong-Ki
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
North America: United States; Canada
Soviet Union
Puerto Rico
Bell Telephone Laboratories
Akademiia Nauk SSSR
Universitet Kazan
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

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