Cambridge, Mass. MIT Press, 2006. First edition, first printing (full number line). Hardcover. Hardcover quarto in dark puple DJ. x, 393 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. Small food stain to first three pages. Else fine. Item #89639
Abstract: "In Making Silicon Valley, Christophe Lecuyer shows that the explosive growth of the personal computer industry in Silicon Valley was the culmination of decades of growth and innovation in the San Francisco-area electronics industry. Using the tools of science and technology studies, he explores the formation of Silicon Valley as an industrial district, from its beginnings as the home of a few radio enterprises that operated in the shadow of RCA and other East Coast firms through its establishment as a center of the electronics industry and a leading producer of power grid tubes, microwave tubes, and semiconductors. He traces the emergence of the innovative practices that made this growth possible by following key groups of engineers and entrepreneurs. He examines the forces outside Silicon Valley that shaped the industry - in particular the effect of military patronage and procurement on the growth of the industry and on the development of technologies - and considers the influence of Stanford University and other local institutions of higher learning."--Jacket. || Contents: Defiant West -- Diversification -- Military cooperative -- Revolution in silicon -- Opening up new markets -- Miniaturization -- Valley of silicon. || High technology industries -- California -- Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County) -- History -- 20th century.
Microelectronics industry. Entrepreneurship. Military-industrial complex.
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