Thought for the month

“The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Huxley, Scientist (1825-95).

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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