The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Author: John Gertner
Publishing Date: March 15
To understand the significance of Silicon Valley you must first understand Bell Telephone Laboratories, an "institute of creative technology" that existed from the 1920s to 1980s. Located in the New Jersey suburbs, the center was a mecca of new thought and home to some of the world's brightest scientific minds (during its time 13 Bell Lab members would go on to win a Nobel Prize). As New York Times Magazine writer John Gertner puts it: This book is about why innovation matters, not just to engineers and scientists, but to all of us.