The Idea Factory

Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

by Jon Gertner

The Idea Factory

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Highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful.

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One of the most innovative research labs in history was located in suburban New Jersey, in a warren of buildings that contained 1,200 scientists from every conceivable scientific discipline. I'm talking, of course, about Bell Labs. In this sweeping history, Gertner explores the people and processes behind a stunning list of important inventions, including the transistor, the radio telescope, the communications satellite, the digital camera, the laser and the UNIX operating system. These

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