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The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date February 26, 2013
Pages 422
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780143122791
ISBN-10 0143122797
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, Bell Labs-officially, the research and development wing of AT&T-was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world. From the transistor to the laser, from digital communications to cellular telephony, it's hard to find an aspect of modern life that hasn't been touched by Bell Labs. In The Idea Factory, Jon Gertner traces the origins of some of the twentieth century's most important inventions and delivers a riveting and heretofore untold chapter of American history. At its heart this is a story about the life and work of a small group of brilliant and eccentric men-Mervin Kelly, Bill Shockley, Claude Shannon, John Pierce, and Bill Baker-who spent their careers at Bell Labs. Today, when the drive to invent has become a mantra, Bell Labs offers us a way to enrich our understanding of the challenges and solutions to technological innovation. Here, after all, was where the foundational ideas on the management of innovation were born.

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Hardcover
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from Penguin Pr (March 15, 2012)
9781594203282 | details & prices | 422 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 1.50 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $29.95
About: The definitive history of America’s greatest incubator of innovation, the birthplace of some of the 20th century’s most influential technologies, including the integrated circuit, the communications satellite and the cell phone.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (February 26, 2013)
9780143122791 | details & prices | 422 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $18.00
About: From its beginnings in the 1920s until its demise in the 1980s, Bell Labs-officially, the research and development wing of AT&T-was the biggest, and arguably the best, laboratory for new ideas in the world.

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