Thought for the month

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Often attributed to Plato but no actually verifiable Greek source.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

On this day in 1947

John Bardeen, William Shockley, and Walter Brattain presented their “little plastic triangle” to the Bell Labs VIPs and it became official: The super star team had invented the first working solid state amplifier.

Their invention of the transistor has been called “the most important invention of the 20th Century.”

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