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Review: The Idea Factory

Cover of The Idea Factory by Jon GertnerBell Labs was awesome, and Jon Gertner’s new book The Idea Factory sets out to prove this simple fact.  The Bell Laboratories (funded by AT&T when they were a government-sanctioned monopoly) was the place where vacuum tubes were improved and ultimately replaced by another Bell Labs invention, the transistor.  The labs went from creating ways to treat wood so telephone poles would last a very, very long time without needing to be replaced to figuring out how cellular telephony would work.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that Bell Labs created the future. Continue reading