The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would make possible the silicon microchip, a work that would ultimately earn Kilby the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000. In this completely revised and updated edition of The Chip, T.R. Reid tells the gripping adventure story of their invention and of its growth into a global information industry. This is the story of how the digital age began.
 

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Contents

The Monolithic Idea
3
The Will to Think
24
A Nonobvious Solution
62
Leap of Insight
81
Noyce
118
Blasting
144
The Implosion
164
DIMI
183
Sunset Sunrise
210
The Patriarchs
241
Authors Note
268
Index
281
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T.R. Reid is the author of five books in English and two in Japanese. Through his reporting for The Washington Post, his syndicated weekly column, and his light-hearted commentary from around the world for National Public Radio, he has become one of America’s best-known foreign correspondents. Reid lives in London.

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