Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age / Edition 2
  • Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age / Edition 2
  • Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age / Edition 2

Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age / Edition 2

by Joel N. Shurkin
     
 

When William Shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed forever and he was awarded the Nobel Prize. But today Shockley is often remembered only for his incendiary campaigning about race, intelligence, and genetics. His dubious research led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm bank and preach his inflammatory ideas widely, making shocking pronouncements… See more details below

Overview

When William Shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed forever and he was awarded the Nobel Prize. But today Shockley is often remembered only for his incendiary campaigning about race, intelligence, and genetics. His dubious research led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm bank and preach his inflammatory ideas widely, making shocking pronouncements on the uselessness of remedial education and the sterilization of individuals with IQs below 100. Ultimately his crusade destroyed his reputation and saw him vilified on national television, yet he died proclaiming his work on race as his greatest accomplishment. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel N. Shurkin offers the first biography of this contradictory and controversial man. With unique access to the private Shockley archives, Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230551923
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Moira: May and Billy
'I've got dark eyes. I can frighten people.'     3
The lightness of being     22
Hubris: war and the transistor
'Of a highly explosive character'     45
'I hope you have better luck in the future'     63
'I think we better call Shockley'     86
'There's enough glory in this for everybody'     107
'...To do my climbing by moonlight & unroped'     125
'Well-equipped female with brains'     142
Nemesis: Silicon Valley and obsession
'Really peculiar ideas about how to motivate people'     163
'Three generations of imbeciles are enough'     190
'What law of nature have you discovered?'     212
'Someday we may actually be terribly alone'     226
'The high cost of thinking the unthinkable'     241
'I love you'     257
Bibliography     274
Acknowledgments     285
Index     288

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