Three Degrees Above Zero: Bell Laboratories in the Information Age

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CUP Archive, May 14, 1987 - Science - 241 pages
Bell Laboratories is one of the world's leading research centres. Bell scientists have won seven Nobel prizes in, physics, more than any other single institution in the world. In this engrossing book - a blend of popular science, and history -Jeremy Bernstein guides us on a fascinating tour of the labs, introducing us to the men and women who have been responsible for some of the greatest scientific advances of this century, in computers and computation, solid state physics (including the invention and development of the transistor); communications, and in astrophysics.
 

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Bell Laboratories was catalyst one of the most important foundations of the information age. It gave us the transistor, cybernetics, the laser, LEDs. The computer language Unix was developed there ... Read full review

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I first read "3 Degrees" by checking it out of WH (Whippany Bell Labs) library. It was a great read about the 1984 divestiture just when AT&T was spinning off Lucent in 1996.
As a young engineer
, the history was fascinating. Reading the history of how the solar cell was "invented," & how the big-bang was found over lunch hour just added to working with the magnet team that helped win the Nobel prize in physics in 1998.
The book is written in a slightly historical sequence that shows how the greats occurred.
It reads like your favorite uncle telling you stories of the "good old days"
I'm enjoying the reread now that Bell Labs hasn't existed since 2007
 

Contents

Introduction
1
BITS
15
THE SOLID STATE
73
TELEPHONY
149
THREE DEGREES ABOVE ZERO
174
Robert Wilson
189
Selected Bibliography
234
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