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At Fairchild Semiconductor, his seminal Silicon Valley startup, Moore - a young chemist turned electronics entrepreneur - had the defining insight: silicon transistors, and microchips made of them, could make electronics profoundly cheap and immensely powerful. Microchips could double in power, then redouble again in clockwork fashion. History has borne out this insight, which we now call "Moore's Law", and Moore himself, having recognized it, worked endlessly to realize his vision. With Moore's technological leadership at Fairchild and then at his second start-up, the Intel Corporation, the law has held for 50 years. The result is profound: from the days of enormous, clunky computers of limited capability to our new era, in which computers are placed everywhere from inside of our bodies to the surface of Mars. Moore led nothing short of a revolution.
In Moore's Law, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore's life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of 20th-century technology is littered with overblown "revolutions". Moore's Law is essential listening for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like.
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By Daniel on 08-02-15
Interesting back story
As the audio book concludes, the life of Gordon Moore has been something of an era. We have gotten used to the exponential growth of microprocessor power, and it has been the invisible driver of the digital revolution. Though the improvements may soon be slowing down, just as Moore himself is. How great to know this history.
I tried to explain the appeal of this book to my friends. They started checking their watches, and we had a laugh about my boring nerdy listening habits. Hey, it's not going to be the book for everyone. Moore isn't exactly a swashbuckling Jobs character, though part of the appeal of his character lies in the contrast of his quiet, methodical conservatism to the tech characters we're more likely to hear about.
But if the topic grabs you, I think the book does it justice.
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By G. Hutcheson on 10-25-17
Moore’s Role in the silicon revolution come alive
This right’s the wrong done to Gordon by world in allowing the brightness of Moore’s Law to white out his many other accomplishments. For years I’ve heard from Intel insiders that Gordon was the real force behind Intel’s rise. The media attention given to the careers of Robert Noyce and Andy Grove and the brightness of their personalities has also serve to white out this humble man, shadowing his accomplishments in fantasy histories of how the the company was build. This book rights this wrong, bringing Gordon into the light for the first time.
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