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5.0 out of 5 stars Semiconductors and the Information Revolution, 30 July 2009
J. W. Orton "John Orton" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Semiconductors and the Information Revolution: Magic Crystals that made IT Happen (Paperback)
As the author of this book, I would simply like to explain its purpose. The information revolution has turned western civilisation on its head, an aspect I try to illustrate in the first chapter by reminding readers of the very many ways in which their everyday lives are affected by modern day electronic marvels. All this is based on a range of special materials called 'semiconductors' whose essential properties I also outline in Chapter 1. The rest of the book provides a history of semiconductors from their early years in the eighteenth century through the key development of the transistor at Bell Telephone Labs in 1947, followed by that of the integrated circuit and a whole plethora of other devices such as the semiconductor laser. The essence of the book is one of plotting the relationships between semiconductor materials, semiconductor physics, semiconductor devices and their numerous applications. These applications include computing, power control, light emitting diodes, the compact disc, the DVD, microwave radar, fibre-optic communications, night vision, flat screen TV and photovoltaic solar energy systems. The book describes all these developments in simple terms, without using mathematics. It makes a wonderful story which should be readily understood by a wide range of readers.

John Orton
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