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Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age - Joel N. Shurkin
Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age
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When William Shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed forever and he was awarded the Nobel Prize. But today Shockley is often remembered only for his incendiary campaigning about race, intelligence, and genetics. His dubious research led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm bank... show more
When William Shockley invented the transistor, the world was changed forever and he was awarded the Nobel Prize. But today Shockley is often remembered only for his incendiary campaigning about race, intelligence, and genetics. His dubious research led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm bank and preach his inflammatory ideas widely, making shocking pronouncements on the uselessness of remedial education and the sterilization of individuals with IQs below 100. Ultimately his crusade destroyed his reputation and saw him vilified on national television, yet he died proclaiming his work on race as his greatest accomplishment. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel N. Shurkin offers the first biography of this contradictory and controversial man. With unique access to the private Shockley archives, Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780230551923 (0230551920)
ASIN: 0230551920
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Pages no: 378
Edition language: English
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3.0 A Deeply Flawed Individual, Who Started a Multi-trillion Dollar Industry and Changed History
Dry in parts, but overall interesting. This is the story of a gifted physicist from MIT who collaborated with two others to invent the transistor. It is definitely a "warts-and-all" tale; as Shockley was deeply flawed, both in his arrogance (trying to take entire credit for the transistor, when it w...
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