Satisfying as both biography and basic science text, the book perfectly captures the independence and near-obsessive problem-solving talents of the two men. Though ultimately only one of them (Noyce) ended up with legal rights to the invention, they shared a respect for each other that persisted throughout their careers. Since Kilby won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work, the story is all the more compelling and intriguing over 40 years after the invention. Reid's work uncovers human dimensions we'd never expect to see from 1950s engineering research. --Rob Lightner
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I really enjoyed reading this book on the history of the chip.
An engineer's drive is to solve problems, to make something work. . . . Reid has elegantly interwoven the biographies of Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce.
This book was very interesting, and the author did well at explaining things in terms that all could understand.
Good summary of physicists who made important discoveries leading to the microchip. While it features Noyce and company at Fairchild and Intel, it gives lots of background to... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tom Crawshaw
Interesting history of development of the Micro Processor. Just enough technical detail and lots of personalities....Published 22 days ago by P. Delahunty
Good background but a bit shrill in its defense of American hegemony and would benefit from a good editor.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A thorough investigation of how the monolithic idea defeated the tyranny of numbers and the two men that made it happen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by CHARLES V
I really enjoyed reading this book on the history of the chip. Understanding how revolutionary inventions originate and spread really helps in getting a sense of how technologies... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Saikali
Good history that is well written and easy to read. I wish it had more drama and suspense that would have made this book more interesting.Published 7 months ago by John C
It was really the leap that changed the world although no one realised it at the time. A wonderful book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Book Worm
great read, well written and facinating. This book has been around for a long time and I have meant to read it when I had time to. Read morePublished 12 months ago by NANCY E. HERHOLZ