Electronic Genie: The Tangled History of Silicon

Electronic Genie: The Tangled History of Silicon

by Frederick Seitz, Norman G. Einspruch
     
 

From that opening pronouncement, Electronic Genie takes its readers on a two-century journey that began with Antoine Lavoisier'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.

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From that opening pronouncement, Electronic Genie takes its readers on a two-century journey that began with Antoine Lavoisier'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.

Written by two well-known figures in the field, 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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The information superhighway is "paved with chips of crystalline silicon." Seitz (president emeritus, Rockefeller U.) and Einspruch (industrial engineering, U. of Miami) chronicle modern electronic's roots in Lavoisier's chemistry, the study of ferro-silicon alloys, wireless telegraphy, the vacuum tube era, the emergence of radar technology in the 1930s, and microcontroller advances in the 1970s. Among the photos of pioneers is that of the 1978 Microsoft team. Forecasts anticipate the future. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252023835
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.14(d)

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