Satisfying as both biography and basic science text, the book perfectly captures the independence and near-obsessive problem-solving talents of the two men. Though ultimately only one of them (Noyce) ended up with legal rights to the invention, they shared a respect for each other that persisted throughout their careers. Since Kilby won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work, the story is all the more compelling and intriguing over 40 years after the invention. Reid's work uncovers human dimensions we'd never expect to see from 1950s engineering research. --Rob Lightner
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I found this book to be helpful and informative. It does a good job of explaining the Ideas, thoughts, history, and science behind one of today greatest enigmas the micro chip. Read morePublished on May 7 2003 by James Studer
At the very outset of the review I must warn that I am a techie so my review is biased. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by Amazon Customer
This book was fascinating. As much an introduction to the science behind the chip as the history, the author uses the narrative of the invention of the microchip as a way to teach... Read morePublished on March 15 2002 by Jon Roig
An interesting book, full of good explanations of the science, along with glimpses of the personalities of the scientists. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by "jjohnson321"
I was disappointed in this book,which I read after I saw the author on C-Span's Book TV. The material would have made a good magazine article. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by david corwin