Inventing the Future

J. B. Williams

THE ELECTRONICS REVOLUTION: Inventing the Future This book explores how electronics, computing, and telecommunications have profoundly changed our lives - the way we work, live, and play. It covers a myriad of topics, from the invention of the fundamental devices and integrated circuits, through radio and television, to computers, mobile telephones and GPS. Today, electronics is an esential part of our lives, controlling the home and dominating the workspace.

The Industrial Revolution is the term usually applied to the coming of steam, railways and the factory system. In the twentieth century, it was the application of electronics that changed the way we now gather our information, entertain ourselves, communicate and work. This book demonstrates that this is, in fact, another revolution.

Table of Contents

List of figures

1. Introduction
2. Missed Opportunities: The Beginnings of Electronics
3. From Wireless to Radio
4. Seeing by Electricity: Development of Television
5. Seeing a Hundred Miles: Radar
6. The 'Box': Television Takes Over
7. Spinning Discs: Recorded Music
8. The Crystal Triode: The Transistor
9. Pop Music: Youth Culture in the 1950s and 1960s
10. From People to Machines: The Rise of Computers
11. Chips into Everything: Integrated Circuits
12. From Signboards to Screens: Displays
13. Distributing Time: Clocks and Watches
14. From Desktop to Pocket: Calculators
15. Shrinking Computers: Microprocessors
16. Instant Cooking: Microwave Ovens
17. Essentials or Toys: Home Computers
18. Computers Take Over the Workplace
19. From Clerks to Xerography: Copiers
20. Shrinking the World: Communication Satellites
21. Personal Communicators: Mobile Phones
22. Going Online: The Internet
23. Glass to the Rescue: Fiber Optics
24. Towards Virtual Money: Cards, ATMs and PoS
25. Saving TV Programmes: Video Recording
26. Electronics Invades Photography: Digital Cameras
27. Seeing Inside the Body: Electronics Aids Medicine
28. Knowing Where You Are: GPS
29. The Electronics Revolution


Extent: 284 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-49087-8

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