Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries

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This preface has two purposes. The first is to introduce this paperback edition of Inventing the Electronic Century: The Epic Story of the Consumer Electronics and Computer Industries, first published in the fall of 2001. The other is to introduce the project of which it is a part, Paths of Learning Worldwide, and the companion volume, Shaping the Industrial Century: The Remarkable Story of the Evolution of the Modern Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries, published in 2005. In this project, I consider the evolution of the high technology industries responsible for three revolutions that so transformed life and work on Earth during the past century—the Information Revolution, the earlier Industrial Revolution, and the Biotechnology Revolution that is now unfolding.

Here I define a high technology industry as one that commercializes— makes available to the public—new products based on new scientific advances. Hence my focus on the electronics industry in Inventing the Electronic Century and on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in Shaping the Industrial Century. The goal of both books is to understand the success and failure of the leading competitors in their respective industries in terms of technological achievement and financial success.

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