am 29. Januar 2002
Do you know who invented the microchip? If you do you're surprising me. I didn't before I read about the Nobelprice in physics for 2000. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce took the world to a new age of mankind. If you think this is exaggerated then you haven't realised in what groundbreaking way microchips have changed our everyday-life since 1958, and then you should definitely read this book! I'm only 20 years old so that this is all history for me. I could only vaguely imagine how things must have been before the chip was invented since it's so ubiquitous nowadays. To me it was very fascinating to read about the beginnings of the computer-age and to get to know how computers work. Reid describes all the basics very plastical so that everything is understandable even for people that are not into electronics. Additionally Reid does a very good job telling the stories behind the invention for both men. They are two totally different kinds. The paragraphs about Kilby are always good for a grin and together with Noyce they are both entirely fascinating personalities. For people living in the computer-age (as you are reading this you must be) this is surely a must read. For everybody else it's still a damn good book that brings together history with popular-science in a very entertaining way.