Microcosm: The Quantum Revolution in Economics and Technology First Edition Edition

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Gilder connects his fascination with the computer as a savior of the conservative ethic with his mystical economic theories (as in his Wealth and Poverty , LJ 3/1/81) in this densely written account of the "microcosm" of computer technology, where innovations are occurring in the design of smaller and smaller computer chips. The first sections are largely a history of entrepreneurial goings-on in Silicon Valley; Gilder spent much time with the players, and seems to understand this murky world. If only he could tell us : The prose is often turgid or acronym-laden and unintelligible. The economics come at the end, where Gilder prophesies, broadly, that when we finally get the billion-transistor chip, the world's problems and conflicts will evaporate. This is Gilder's old ideological tract, gussied up in silicon, with scalding indictments of anything that isn't "entrepreneurial," i.e., unregulated, and of the old thinking that caused all the problems in the first place.
- Mark L. Shelton, Columbus, Ohio
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671509691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671509699
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan E. Ross on February 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
Like another reader said, read Ray Kurzweils "Age of Spiritual Machines" after you read Microcosm to get better insight into semiconductors. This book, along with Microchip Fabrication: A Practical Guide to Semiconductor Processing, are what enabled me to understand the forces driving the semiconductor / computer industry. I was introduced to both books working as a junior semiconductor analyst coming out of grad school. Gilder's book on Telecosm is great for those looking to better understand how telecommunications will affect the world's economies moving forward.
First off, don't read this book hoping to get investment advice. That isn't Gilder's expertise. The guy is an economist folks. His rise to fame may have been during the telecom boom but he became well known during the Reagan era when he wrote a book on The Spirit of Enterprise and Wealth and Poverty, which discussed entrpreneurial ventures and how they were the key to creating wealth in this country. Reagan dragged this guy around the country folks because of his insights into the entrepreneurial spirit! Gilder sits on panels at conferences with such luminaries as Peter Drucker, Lester Thurow, Andy Grove and other intellectuals.
When you read this you will find out the following
1) There is a lot of technical jargon in it. Most should be able to learn what he is saying but it isn't like reading a trashy, romance novel. You have to think.
2) He is trying to convey the fundamental change that semiconductors will have on the economy and why. Having worked in telecom and being a closet economist with an MBA I can say this guy knows his stuff folks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nelsonew@aol.com on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book enabled me to understand the forces driving the semiconductor / computer industry. I have read it three times... the book is now a mess. I attacked it with a highlighter, wrote notes in the margins, talked it over with friends. Have given several copies away. Its that good. The notes and bibliography were even fun to read. Suggestion - Read Ray Kurzweils "Age of Spiritual Machines" after you read Microcosm.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
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Gilder is a rare combination of engineering acumen and campfire storyteller. His story of the birth of the modern computer industry is absolutely fascinating. Gilder, in his description of the "quantum paradox," is at his best, treading confidently in highly technical areas, but keeping the story concise and interesting. Recurring themes in this book stress the power of individual initiative and the helplessness of governments and industrial policies to advance the state of the art in computers. Now, eight years past its initial release, many of his predictions have come true. Some may find fault with his politics, but this book and its conclusions are a convincing argument of his reasoning. If you ever read a book about the history of high-tech, this should be the one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By byrne@mediaone.net on April 25, 1998
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A broad sweeping review of the technologies and implications that have changed the world from an atom (matter) based economy to a bit (information) economy. Excellent perspective on the evolution of the semiconductor industry and trends with an interesting collection of personal anecdotes of the major thinkers and doers. Don't be worried that it was published almost a decade ago. It still is well worth your time to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1996
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A mind-bending page turner that links quantum physics with
the revolution of the information age as inaugurated by the
microchip and all its manifestations. Claims that
economics, geopolitics, power, and matter itself is
collapsing into the 'Microcosm' which is liberating the
globe and the mind of man. A broad scope of the history
of thought and invention that led to the information age
with original interpretations of the past as well as
powerful prophesies for the future. One of the most
important books of the 1990s. To embrace the future that is
upon us ... read this book.
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