By Bob Johnstone
Bob Johnstone traces the rise of the transistor and the microchip from their early uses in watches and calculators to current uses in almost every electric device. He visits laboratories in Japan and the U.S., noting that the electronics revolution passed back forth across the Pacific as projects that floundered in one country flourished in the other. Along the way readers meet charismatic Japanese entrepreneur-scientists such as Sasaki Tadashi -- known as "Dr. Rocket" -- who convinced skeptical colleagues that there was a market for hand-held calculators and tenaciously saw that they came to be.
- New York