The Electronics Revolution: Inventing the Future

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Springer, May 25, 2017 - Technology & Engineering - 286 pages

This book is about how electronics, computing, and telecommunications have profoundly changed our lives – the way we work, live, and play. It covers a myriad of topics from the invention of the fundamental devices, and integrated circuits, through radio and television, to computers, mobile telephones and GPS. Today our lives are ruled by electronics as they control the home and computers dominate the workspace. We walk around with mobile phones and communicate by email. Electronics didn’t exist until into the twentieth century.

The industrial revolution is the term usually applied to the coming of steam, railways and the factory system. In the twentieth century, it is electronics that has changed the way we gather our information, entertain ourselves, communicate and work. This book demonstrates that this is, in fact, another revolution.



 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Missed Opportunities The Beginnings of Electronics
5
From Wireless to Radio
15
Seeing by Electricity Development of Television
24
Seeing a Hundred Miles Radar
37
The Box Television Takes Over
47
Spinning Discs Recorded Music
57
The Crystal Triode The Transistor
69
Essentials or Toys Home Computers
153
Computers Take Over the Workplace
162
From Clerks to Xerography Copiers
171
Shrinking the World Communication Satellites
180
Personal Communicators Mobile Phones
194
Going Online The Internet
205
Glass to the Rescue Fiber Optics
215
Towards Virtual Money Cards ATMs and PoS
226

Pop Music Youth Culture in the 1950s and 1960s
81
From People to Machines The Rise of Computers
87
Chips into Everything Integrated Circuits
97
From Signboards to Screens Displays
108
Distributing Time Clocks and Watches
118
From Desktop to Pocket Calculators
126
Shrinking Computers Microprocessors
136
Instant Cooking Microwave Ovens
145
Saving TV Programmes Video Recording
234
Electronics Invades Photography Digital Cameras
243
Seeing Inside the Body Electronics Aids Medicine
251
Knowing Where You Are GPS
260
The Electronics Revolution
270
ChapBM1
275
Index
278
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John Williams took an electrical engineering degree at Imperial College, which led him into the design of electronic control and instrumentation equipment, and he became a Chartered Engineer. After working for a number of companies, including AVO/Megger and gaining seniority, he went into engineering management and later co-founded Ingenion Design Ltd to produce electronic instrumentation, exposing him to many different industries varying from washing machines to nuclear power stations.