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by Jeffrey Zygmont

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ISBN: 0738208647
Author: Jeffrey Zygmont
Language: English
Publisher: Perseus Publishing (February 13, 2004)
Pages: 272
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Rating: 4.9
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The riveting story of the origins of our digital age and the crusaders and inventors who made it all possible. Computer chips are an almost invisible part of our modern lives, and yet they make much of what's "modern" in them possible

The riveting story of the origins of our digital age and the crusaders and inventors who made it all possible. Computer chips are an almost invisible part of our modern lives, and yet they make much of what's "modern" in them possible. Even the tech-averse and the tech-opposed among us depend on their hidden capabilities. From today's automobiles, medical scanners, and DVD players to annoying musical greeting cards, space travel, and movies like The Lord of the Rings, microelectronics are everywhere-and taken for granted.

Zygmont (The VC Way) charts the human story behind the development of the microchip-how the genius of. .

Zygmont (The VC Way) charts the human story behind the development of the microchip-how the genius of scientists like Bill Shockley, Jack Kilby, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore contributed to discovery after brilliant discovery, from Texas Instruments' first stabs at a portable calculator to today's high-powered laptops. There was plenty of Melrose Place-type drama along the way, too, as top talent jumped from firm to firm. Fortunately, Zygmont has a knack for translating complex material into readable narrative. But don't confuse this book with beach reading; it is, after all,.

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ISBN: 0738205613; Издательство: Perseus Books Group. The riveting story of the origins of our digital age and the crusaders and inventors who made it all possible. Even the tech-averse and the tech-opposed among us depend on their hidden capabilities

Computer chips are an almost invisible part of our modern lives, and yet they make much of what's "modern" in them possible.

Computer chips are an almost invisible part of our modern lives, and yet they make much of what's "modern" in them possible.

Jeffrey Zygmont is a business writer who specializes in high-tech topics

Jeffrey Zygmont is a business writer who specializes in high-tech topics. He has written for BusinessWeek, Boston Magazine, In. and CFO and has been a staff writer for High Technology and a columnist for Omni. He lives in Salem, New Hampshire. From Booklist: Zygmont compares the invention of the integrated circuit to that of steel-something we use constantly in our day-to-day lives yet rarely stop to contemplate.

Author: Jeffrey Zygmont. War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences. The Political Philosophy of Hobbes: Its Basis and Its Genesis. Europe As An Idea and An Identity.

Zygmont has a knack for translating complex material into readable narrative. Zygmont succeeds in demystifying the strange processes involved in creating these microscopic circuits and connects us back to what will soon be considered another era. David Siegfried, Booklist.

Unfortunately, Jeffrey Zygmont clearly demon-strates with his book Microchip that journalists are capable .

Unfortunately, Jeffrey Zygmont clearly demon-strates with his book Microchip that journalists are capable of writing bad history. As readers of this journal are aware, the history of comput-ing and semiconductors has matured to the point where it is no longer possible for a jour-nalist to parachute in, spend a few months talk-ing to people, and expect to produce a credible work. What is new about Microchip compared to previous works in the eld is that Zygmont spends almost half the book on the development of integrated circuit applications, in case studies of microwave ovens, word processors, cell phones, and automotive elec-tronics.

Read articles and the latest news about Cambridge. and Missile Defense 6: Zygmont, J. (2003). Microchip: An Idea, Its Genesis, and the Revolution It Created. Cambridge, MA: Perseus. 7: Sturgeon, T. J. (2000).

Comments:

Mpapa
It always seems to be a shame to see such a great story, the development of the microchip, turned into a sort of turgid exposition of bad writing overlayed with the veneer of a strained plot.

The essential problem with this book if twofold in my estimation:

1) it lacks any central defining thesis or reocurring thematic elements in which to group the story of semiconductor design and development.

2) There is a strained attempt to overlay the background of the "exciting individuals" and entrepeneurial hype associated with these people as a central element of the book. Although I am sure that there are some interesting anecdotes here about some rather idiosyncratic personalities, authoritarian personalities and science/tech nerds, the stories aren't told too tolerably well.

Also annoying is the lack of any diagrams to describe any of the features and fundemental designs for the semiconductors. I am not talking about circuit designs, I am talking about schematic diagrams common in any well written pop-science book. If the writing was clearer the prose could stand alone even without such diagrams, but as it was I had to give up on the text after about half way through.

In sum, the author is trying to tell a narrative history of the semiconductor. But the story just does not come off and I am left sort of shaking my head not exaclty knowing what it is I am getting from the investment of time in this book. For better reads on technology I would recommend "ENIAC" and "Silicon Valley Snake Oil" for those who love exciting reads and clear descriptions of technology for the layperson.
SARAND
This appears to be a book by a journalist who lacks a basic understanding of how semiconductor devices work. Although the author uses the usual journalistic devices (for example, providing a brief biography as each new character is introduced), it's not enough to carry the book's story.

For example, the author uses phrases like "metal-oxide semiconductor," which set the knowledgable reader's teeth on edge: as near as I can tell, the author truly believes that MOS semiconductor devices are actually made from ... metal oxides (example: "RCA made plans to introduce a line of ready-to-use metal oxides" [pg. 99] ).

Another annoyance is the author's cutesy tone. Thus, bipolar junction transistors are repeatedly referred to as "oreos." Is there an English teacher alive who wound not flunk you for writing, "Field-effect transistors didn't fire as fast as bipolars, and therefore some critics complained that they were poorly suited for such products as computers, which could keep you waiting too long for an answer if their transistors didn't blink like rapid bug eyes ..." (pg. 98)?

In short, I found this book so astonishingly bad that I was surprised it found a commercial publisher.
Agalas
Techies will hate this book as it takes liberties in simplifying the basic concepts of semiconductor design.
Literary types will hate it for excess descriptions and sometimes awkward prose.

Personally, I found it to be an entertaining and worthwhile read. If you're not a graduate student looking for an authoritative history of silicon valley, the book effectively captures the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation that drove a handful of small start-ups to invent a new era of technology.
The book does not attempt to be a tech manual or even a history book, but rather a lens focused on a small slice of history where the elements of technology, invention, marketing, and necessity combined in a short period of time with world-altering results.
For those of us that remember amazement at holding a portable calculator in our hands for the first time, or of being the proud owners of the first microwave oven on the block, it's also a pleasant trip down memory lane. Through this book, I was able to relive a bit of the wonder and novelty we felt at the latest technological wonders to appear on the market, a feeling that is largely lost these days as we expect innovation and exponential improvements as a matter of course.
For those who have always had the ubiquitous microchip in their life, it could be an inspiring eye opener and for those that haven't, a revealing look back.
Rit
I'm not a scientist or a professional reviewer. I like to read about a wide variety of topics. While I hope for accuracy, I don't "fact check" and I am not outraged that Cal Tech might have been slighted in this account. I liked the Microchip. In fact, I enjoyed it more than I thought I might. It was easy to follow and I enjoyed the human drama - rather than diagrams that one reviewer claimed were necessary for the book to be any good. I thought the chapter titles were clever - it's the kind of thing I notice - it's what a "casual" reader might appreciate and for whom I imagine the book was written. I was reminded just how much the microchip has permeated out lives. Just what I was looking for!
Anaginn
Stumbled on this book completely by accident. Found it fascinating, educational and very informative. Inspiring, too. I think some computer nerds and related geeks won't find it technical enough. But it's not meant to be technical. Seems like the writer wanted to create a book for a general, intelligent reader. Seems like he succeeded big time.
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Not only does this book make the microchip tangible to the layman, it tells the human story behind the technology. Well done.
Valawye
Interesting attempt but way too slow and repetitive. Mostly assumes the reader is a moron who needs things explained 3 different ways. Too much verbage; too much "fat".

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