Laser: The Inventor, the Nobel Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 9, 2002 - Science - 304 pages
The fascinating true story of Gordon Gould's successful thirty-year struggle to assert himself as the rightful inventor of the laser -- and a myth-shattering, behind-the-scenes account of the American patent process.The insight struck Gould with the force of revelation. He sat bolt upright in bed, marveling at its perfection. Soon he was at his desk, writing at the top of a page in his laboratory notebook, "Some rough calculations on the feasibility of a "Laser": Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation."So began the invention of the laser in 1957, a machine that changed industry, medicine and science, and much of modern life. Gordon Gould was a graduate student with a checkered past and a yen to invent, but he had a blind spot when it came to patent rights. And when a respected professor with an office next to Gould's electrified the scientific world with his own claims on the laser, Gould was in for the fight of a lifetime.For the next thirty years, Gould battled the U.S. Patent Office and manufacturers to enforce his rights as the laser's inventor. Rebuffed, he was even denied security clearance to work on his own in
 

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Contents

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Eight
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Nine
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Twenty Seven
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Twenty Eight
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Twenty Nine
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Thirty
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Seventeen
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Eighteen
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Nineteen
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Twenty
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Twenty One
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Twenty Two
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Twenty Three
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Twenty Four
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Twenty Five
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Twenty Six
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Thirty Five
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Thirty Seven
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Thirty Eight
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Thirty Nine
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Fourty
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Fourty One
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Fourty Two
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Fourty Three
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Fourty Four
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Fourty Five
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Fourty Six
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Fourty Seven
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Fourty Eight
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Index
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NICK TAYLOR is a journalist and the critically acclaimed author of nine books. He lives in New York City.

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