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Physical Principles Involved in Transistor Action
New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company. Soft cover. Very Good. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS of the first description of the invention of the transistor (published simultaneously in The Physical Review). "In the 1930s, Bell Labs scientists were trying to use ultrahigh frequency waves for telephone communications, and needed a more reliable detection method than the vacuum tube, which proved incapable of picking up rapid vibrations... John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley spearheaded the Bell Labs effort to develop a new means of amplification," developing, by 1948, a novel device that would effectively amplify and control electric signals. "At roughly half an inch high, the first transistor was huge by today's standards, when 7 million transistors can fit onto a single silicon chip. But it was the very first solid state device capable of doing the amplification work of a vacuum tube, earning Bardeen, Brattain and Shockley the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1956. More significantly, it spawned an entire industry and ushered in the Information Age, revolutionizing global society" (The American Physical Society). The 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain "for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect". In: The Bell System Technical Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, April 1949 (pp. 239-277). New York: American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1949. Octavo, original wrappers; custom cloth box. "Return to Ainsworth" written at top or wrapper. Spine and edges a bit faded, a few smudges to front wrapper. Rare in original wrappers.
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