In structure and history, Bell Labs was unique in the world. Its discoveries and inventions (advances on its earlier invention of the transistor, the laser, UNIX, the charge-coupled device) transformed global society and helped to form the information age and the digital era.
The collection of narratives in this book focuses on Bell Labs’ peak years during the 1960s and 1970s.
Whether by accident or providence, these years correspond almost exactly with the years when William Baker led the Labs (1955 – 1973).
The chapters are mini-memoirs, ranging from personal background to research accounts to stories of social life at the Labs, as told by persons from every aspect of the Lab’s research operations, from chauffeurs and technicians to top scientists.
Bill Baker’s presence runs through all the narratives, leading the organization and defining its tone. His personal aptitude and leadership left an indelible stamp on Bell Labs and, indeed, on global science and technology.
Paperback: 378 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 31, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 1463677979 ISBN-13: 978-1463677978 Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds ()