Electronic Genie: The Tangled History of Silicon

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University of Illinois Press, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 281 pages
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Electronic Genie takes its readers on a two-century journey that begins with Antoine Lavoisiter's prediction of the existence of silicon as an element. It traces the emergence of silicon as key to the development of most forms of today's electronics and its role in making possible the revolutionary digital computer. Loaded with information about such original thinkers as Lavoisier, John Bardeen, Bill Gates, Patrick Haggerty, Gordon Moore, and many more, the volume traces the use of silicon in metallurgy, as a diode rectifier in wireless and radio, and ultimately as a nonlinear element for heterodyne mixing in radar during World War II. Electronic Genie will appeal to students of science and technology as well as to anyone interested in the history of these fields.
  

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Contents

Roots i
3
Wireless Telegraphy
20
Vacuum Tube Era
39
Semiconductors
49
Rectification
77
Radar
89
German Radar
94
French Radar
104
The Discrete Transistor
164
New Careers
186
Development of Technology and Logic 194860
197
The Integrated Circuit
212
Advances in the 196os and Visionary Forecasts
220
The 197os and the Microcontroller
229
19802000 and the Future
237
A Patrick Haggertys Forecast 1964
251

Soviet Radar
108
British Radar
113
The Radiation Laboratory
124
Japanese Radar
149
The Bell Telephone Laboratories
151
B Gordon Moores Forecast 1965
261
NAME INDEX
269
SUBJECT INDEX
275
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Seitz is president emeritus of Rockfeller University.

Einspruch is professor and chair of the department of industrial engineering at the University of Miami.

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