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e-Book Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Macmillan Science) download

e-Book Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Macmillan Science) download

by J. Shurkin

ISBN: 0230551920
ISBN13: 978-0230551923
Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (June 13, 2006)
Pages: 302
Category: Engineering
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Broken genius is the story of William Shockley, the broken genius. Joel Shurkin does a good job in telling the story of not just Schokley Semiconductor, but the interesting life surrounding it all- the rise and fall - of William Schockley.

Broken genius is the story of William Shockley, the broken genius. The biography contains three parts, which map to three somewhat distinct areas of his life. The first part is his childhood years all the way till his college graduation. It describes the not so warm family in which he grew up in. The second part could be called "the rise of Shockley" and describes how he becomes one of the most respected physicists.

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one .

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century.

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.

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The essential facts about William Shockley are well-known: he was the co-inventor, with .

The essential facts about William Shockley are well-known: he was the co-inventor, with the lesser-known Walter Brattain and John Bardeen, of the point-contact transistor, work for which all three men were later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics; he founded, in the late 1950s, the Shockley Semiconductor Company, which, although itself a commercial failure, served directly or indirectly.

When William Shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed. This book focuses on the life & brilliance of William B. Shockley, father of the electronic age, Nobel Laureate in physics, Stanford professor, world-traveler, inventor of the junction transistor, and supervisor & director of the two Bell Labs men (John Bardeen and Walter Brittain) who invented

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley – one of the .

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley – one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century.

New York: London/Macmillan, 2006. Shockley on eugenics and race: the application of science to the solution of human problems . Shockley, William B. (1992). Related Items in Google Scholar.

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the .

This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century. Drawing upon unique access to the private Shockley archives, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.
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Hǻrley Quinn
William Shockley is famous for it's invention of the transistor and for starting a semiconductor company that later led to Fairchild (which in turn led to Intel). He is famous and yet also not so famous. It turns out, there is a good reason for that. In the later part of his life he changed from research in physics to research into eugenics - the believe that genes and racial differences matter so much that we'll need to create rules for growing society. Broken genius is the story of William Shockley, the broken genius.

The biography contains three parts, which map to three somewhat distinct areas of his life. The first part is his childhood years all the way till his college graduation. It describes the not so warm family in which he grew up in.

The second part could be called "the rise of Shockley" and describes how he becomes one of the most respected physicists. Because of that position, he had an important role in the war effort and did research related to detection of submarines. This effort in the war also led him to deteriorate his family life and the relationship with his children. After the war effort, Shockley continued to work for Bell Labs where he claimed fame for the invention of the transistor. Whether he actually did is left for interpretation, he certainly did contribute to it. Eventually he also finds the woman of his life, which unfortunately leads Shockley to leave his wife and family. This moment was probably the top of his life when he also started Shockley semiconductors (the start of silicon valley)

The third part should then be called "the fall of Shockley." The ideas he has about managing companies didn't really work well in practice and in his company there is a rebellion which eventually leads to most people leaving (and starting Fairchild semiconductors). Eventually he gives up, but did get a new interest in genes and racial differences. This becomes an obsession to him and he uses every moment to convince people of his theories of genes and race and why this is so important. As it was (is!) a sensitive topic, his contributions weren't welcomed and he gradually lost most friends and fame. This caused more suspicion on his side leading to more control and he ends up in a vicious circle for the rest of his life focusing on his obsession of eugenics.

The book was well-written and easy to read. I read through it reasonably fast and enjoyed it a lot. It is quite amazing how a smart person such as Shockley can ruin his own life without noticing it. I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes biographies or has interest in the history of technology (though a large part of the book doesn't relate to that). 4 out of 5 stars.

Zulurr
I am an engineer with particular interest in William Shockley because I was once barred from hearing him speak. This book presents an excellent recap of Shockley's entire life, concluding with the events that led to his downfall among the general public. I found the coverage to be generally fair and unbiased. Although the book provides the expected analysis of Shockley's later years, ample coverage is provided of his most productive years which, even under close scrutiny, show him to have indeed been a genius in several technical fields.

Doukree
I was fascinated with this book on the early part that lead up to the development and creation of the silicon transistor. The operations research during the Second World War was also fascinating to me. A 1956 Nobel Laureate he could have lived peacefully later as he also was a tenured professor at Stanford University. He had what most people seek, all the money he needed to live comfortably, a good reputation later tarnished by himself and he chose not to live quietly in any way or mean. He never threw anything out, kept everything. His home was kept immaculate but his office and storage areas speak another language to this thought.

I had a real hard time getting through the last 1/3 of the book. Mostly due to the eugenics he later took up. William Shockley apparently enjoyed the media limelight and this contributed to his need to speak about the touchy subject that bordered on racism. If you are interested in the science, life, and accomplishments of Shockley then read the first 2/3's of the book; you could leave the last 1/3 by the way and avoid the complications of trying to get through it all. I would recommend this book but only first 2/3's. I'd provide a warning on the last 1/3.

The author did a commendable job in writing, researching, and setting objectivity throughout the biography of William Shockley.

Early Waffle
The winners write the history, and the history of Silicon Valley is no exception. Until this book William Shockley, if he was known at all, was thought of as the eccentric Nobel Prize winner who became an intellectual outcast because of his eugenics beliefs and as the bad manager whose employees quit and founded Fairchild and Intel.

For those who know a bit more about the history of Silicon Valley technology, William Shockley is known as the founder of the Valley's first semiconductor company. Shockley recruited and assembled the seminal team that was the progenitor of every other semiconductor company in Silicon Valley. His instincts for talent-spotting were phenomenal, but they were matched by a massive lack of judgment about how to build products customers would buy and a complete lack of the insights necessary to motivate and manage an entrepreneurial company.

Joel Shurkin does a good job in telling the story of not just Schokley Semiconductor, but the interesting life surrounding it all- the rise and fall - of William Schockley. A great read.

Chilldweller
A remarkable story. I'm surprised I knew so little about this very important man. The book raises questions that we are afraid to consider.

Tuliancel
Fast delivery, The book looks new, The title tell all - the author gave an excellent account of what Bill had done, plus what Bill had suffered.

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