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

T. R. Reid, Author Random House Trade $16 (320p) ISBN 978-0-375-75828-7
In 1958, ""before Chernobyl, before the Challenger rocket blew up, before the advent of Internet porn or cell phones that ring in the middle of the opera,"" when ""`technological progress' still had only positive connotations,"" Jack Kilby had a good idea, but wasn't sure if his boss at Texas Instruments in Dallas would let him try it. In 1959, in what would become Silicon Valley, Robert Noyce had the same idea about overcoming ""the numbers barrier"" in electronics: ""in a computer with tens of thousands of components... things were just about impossible to make,"" says Noyce. In his completely revised and updated edition of The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution, Washington Post reporter and columnist T.R. Reid (Confucius Lives Next Door) investigates these underappreciated heroes of the technological age and the global repercussions of their invention. The enormity of their accomplishment was fully recognized only in 2000, when Kilby won the Nobel Prize. 3-city author tour. (Oct. 16)
Reviewed on: 10/08/2001
Release date: 10/01/2001
Genre: Nonfiction
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