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Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (Inside Technology) Paperback – August 24, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0262622110 ISBN-10: 0262622114

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Product Details

  • Series: Inside Technology
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262622114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262622110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lécuyer's book is the most scrupulous scholarly exploration so far of the cluster of innovative firms that has come to be called Silicon Valley. It is a book that should be read by anyone curious about the emergence of the high-tech electronics firms that have created this remarkable concentration of innovative talent." Nathan Rosenberg, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Stanford University



" Making Silicon Valley is meatier than its contemporaries. Dense and replete with footnotes, it"s an expert book written for experts-readers who already know Robert Noyce from Gordon Moore. For them, it"s a detailed and nuanced discussion of how and why Silicon Valley emerged as a center of manufacturing, product engineering, and management." HBS Working Knowledge



"A deeply informed historian who writes with impressive clarity, David Nye persuades us in *Technology Matters* that we should ask the kind of life-shaping questions about technology that we customarily pose about politics and economics. He does not finally answer the timely questions that he explicates, but provokes us to search for our own answers."--Thomas P. Hughes, author of *Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture*

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"Lecuyer's book is the most scrupulous scholarly exploration so far of the cluster of innovative firms that has come to be called Silicon Valley. It is a book that should be read by anyone curious about the emergence of the high-tech electronics firms that have created this remarkable concentration of innovative talent." Nathan Rosenberg, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Stanford University " Making Silicon Valley is meatier than its contemporaries. Dense and replete with footnotes, it"s an expert book written for experts-readers who already know Robert Noyce from Gordon Moore. For them, it"s a detailed and nuanced discussion of how and why Silicon Valley emerged as a center of manufacturing, product engineering, and management." HBS Working Knowledge "A deeply informed historian who writes with impressive clarity, David Nye persuades us in *Technology Matters* that we should ask the kind of life-shaping questions about technology that we customarily pose about politics and economics. He does not finally answer the timely questions that he explicates, but provokes us to search for our own answers."--Thomas P. Hughes, author of *Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture* --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By History of Technology Fan on November 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lecuyer provides a compelling new perspective on the development of Silicon Valley, grounded in the evolution of a unique electronics manufacturing capability in the region. The centrality of manufacturing is traced through the growth both of an ecosystem of high-technology firms across four decades and of the novel business and management practices that were created. With this manufacturing perspective, Lecuyer shows how sucessive waves of high technology industries, from tubes to semiconductors to software, grew on the business, social, and technological innovations and capacities of the preceeding waves on the Peninsula.

Lecuyer's narrative is engaging, and populated by remarkable characters like the Varian brothers, Gordon Moore, Jean Hoerni, Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Apple Computer's "two Steves." The scholarship is deep and thorough.

Making Silicon Valley strikes me as an important contriubtion to the literature that would be of interest to many readers who are curious about the history of technology and business, well beyond the academic specialists for whom it will do doubt become standard fare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arpard fazakas on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a solid, scholarly review of the history of Silicon Valley from its beginning making electronic components through the era of Intel and integrated solid-state circuits. It serves as an excellent foundation for understanding the subsequent development of Silicon Valley as the birthplace of the personal computer revolution. In chronological order the book discusses Eitel-McCullough, a major manufacturer of vacuum tubes; Litton Engineering, which made tools for the manufacturing of vacuum tubes, and its spinoff Litton Industries, which became the premiere manufacturer of tubes for radio and radar; Varian Associates, which specialized in klystrons, a very high frequency radio tube used for radar and atomic bomb fuses; Fairchild Semiconductor, Amelco, and Signetics, which manufactured semiconductor components; and Intel, Interstil, and National Semiconductor, makers of integrated semiconductor circuits. The author describes in detail the major forces which shaped the development of these companies: radio hobbyists; academia, especially Stanford University; competition with East Coast firms; and military procurement. He illuminates the origin of business practices such as collaborative approaches and stock options which became a hallmark of Silicon Valley. Particularly interesting is the Introduction in which the author discusses various social and economic interpretations of the Silicon Valley phenomenon; this section is an excellent starting point for those interested in learning more about these intriguing topics.

I found the level of this book to be just right: a solid scholarly tone but not overly technical or erudite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shane on April 15, 2010
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This books does a wonderful job mixing history with technical content. The author's ideas are well supported through evidence and good logic. Anyone involved in the technical sector of the San Francisco peninsula should read this book to understand the footsteps they are walking in.
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In the mid-1970s, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of a Silicon Valley startup named Apple, asked Intel retiree Mike Markkula to invest in their firm. Sensing that it could become a winner, he gave them $92,000 and, in 1977, went to work for the company. Three years later, Apple went public and Markkula made millions. Time and again over the decades, this amazing story has repeated itself on the San Francisco Peninsula now known as Silicon Valley. getAbstract finds that historian Christophe Lécuyer does a capable, intriguing, intricately researched job of taking readers behind the scenes to learn how Silicon Valley first developed, what makes it tick and what its high-tech mastery has accomplished. While some of the technical terms may require a learning curve, this is the place to learn about the center of technology in the U.S. before it came to create and dominate the high-tech industry.
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I enjoyed particularly the decades fronm 1930 to 1970. very useful to understand the role of Stanford Univ. and the DOF in the development of SV.
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