Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

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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