Friday, December 16, 2005

68 Years ago: topsy-turvy transistor

This is the moment that started it all, exactly 68 years ago. On December 16th, 1947, William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain invented the transistor. It happened at Bell Labs, where December 1947 since then is known as 'Miracle Month'.

This was possibly the most important invention of the 20th century. Apart from that it looks like it was cobbled together by a couple of kids in a hurry.

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