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Sad, inspiring, funny and ultimately triumphant, it follows the technologists whose work kept Concorde flying, created the computer game, conquered the mobile-phone business, saved the human genome for the human race - and who now are sending the Beagle 2 probe to burrow in the cinnamon sands of Mars.
Backroom Boys is a vivid love-letter to quiet men in pullovers, to those whose imaginings take shape not in words but in mild steel and carbon fibre and lines of code. Above all, it is a celebration of big dreams achieved with slender means.
I enjoyed reading this book, and appears well informed, although it is slightly out of date. I think it is important because so few people in the UK understand how much we are... Read morePublished 2 months ago by JohnT
An amazing book I read some years ago. It may have had a different cover then.
The chapters on the development of the mobile phone network and the potential for rockets... Read more
Just what I wanted for my father as he worked at EMI as a research scientist in there shadow factory, which as such been demolished.Published 6 months ago by Mr. William L. Cooper
Interesting book containing some historical information I was not aware of. Being a 'backroom boy' type of engineer myself (electronic design), I found a lot of the storyline... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr WD Fowdrey
Not just about rockets (though those are here too) but also fascinating chapters on the British contribution to the development of mobile phone technology, video games for PCs and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kentish Man
I was very disappointed by this book. I thought it would be about Britian's post-war jet aircraft and doomed rocket developments. Read morePublished 10 months ago by stuinwolves
Impeccably researched and extremely well-written, this book ought serve as an example for popular science and technology writing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark Hurst
This is an excellent book, and highly original. It describes the unsung contribution British scientists and engineers have made in a number of key areas of modern life - computer... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Timothy Hammond