In The Idea Factory, New York Times Magazine writer Jon Gertner reveals how Bell Labs served as an incubator for scientific innovation from the 1920s through the 1980s. In its heyday, Bell Labs boasted nearly 15,000 employees, 1,200 of whom held PhDs and 13 of whom won Nobel Prizes. Thriving in a work environment that embraced new ideas, Bell Labs scientists introduced concepts that still propel many of today's most exciting technologies.
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by Jon Gertner
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"Bell Labs was the incubator for the scientific innovations that shaped one of today's vital components of daily life--worldwide telephone service. AT&T gave birth to Bell Labs in the 1920s. In his narration, Chris Sorensen is clearly enamored with the work environment that nurtured so many creative concepts and inventions. However, Gertner's book deals more with the ingenious collaborations of the people involved than with the details of technical triumphs. Nonetheless, Sorensen's pacing lags between sentences: He pauses as though the listener is expected to contemplate complex formulas and leaps of cognition. But there's no need to ponder those pioneers' fully lucid scientific experiments or their accomplishments and treacheries. As a result, the listener--itching to know what's coming next--becomes becomes impatient for Sorensen to get on with it. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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