Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MOORE'S LAW "[An] admiring, richly detailed book... [T]echies will be delighted with its full treatment of an important figure often overshadowed by such luminaries as Steve Jobs and Larry Ellison." --Kirkus Reviews "Finally, Gordon Moore gets the biography he deserves! One of the foremost pioneers of the digital revolution, he is a visionary, engineer, and revered leader. His "law" defined and guided the growth of computing power, and his business acumen helped to create Silicon Valley. This is an inspiring and instructive tale of how brilliance and leadership can coexist with humility and decency in a truly extraordinary person." --Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs "Moore's Law is not only a definitive biography of a legendary figure in computing, but a fascinating account of the forces that triggered--and sustain--the digital revolution that has changed life for all of us." --Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex "Gordon Moore's story is one of disruptive innovation on the grandest scale, practiced by a brilliant technologist. Now at last we have the book that tells the story. Moore's Law offers a compelling, absorbing account of Silicon Valley, and its role in human progress." --Clayton Christensen, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator's Dilemma "If you think you know Moore's Law, prepare to be enlightened. If you think you know Gordon Moore, prepare to be enthralled. And if all of this is new to you, prepare for the ride of your life. This is the definitive story of the central theorem of the digital age, the man behind it, and its ongoing impact on us all." --John Hollar, President & CEO, Computer History Museum "With care and color, Moore's Law tells us how Gordon Moore, at the center of the IT revolution, applied his knowledge and insight in a quiet and effective way. When Gordon talked, everyone listened." --George P. Shultz, former U. S. Secretary of State and Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University "A remarkable book about a remarkable man, told with great style and refreshing candor." --Carver Mead, the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech and winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation "Arnold Thackray and his co-authors integrate business history with the history of science and technology with great success, rendering this biography of Silicon Valley's most important revolutionary a captivating and deeply illuminating read. Moore's Law is also a signal contribution to the study of California history, showing how the social and cultural circumstances of the Bay Area enabled Gordon Moore's creativity." --David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley "I can remember when a transistor radio had one transistor in it--and now a giveaway bottle opener containing 8 billion of them is sitting on my desk. Gordon Moore and a small circle of accomplices, inseparable from the California landscape in which their story took form, were at the center of the most radical transformation in the history of technology. This is a definitive chronicle: authoritative, detailed, and well told." --George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral and Darwin Among the Machines "Almost everyone knows Moore's Law. Almost no one knows the Moore behind this law. Finally a book describing the quiet, unassuming technology godfather of Silicon Valley. A great read about a great man whose work truly changed the world." --Craig R. Barrett, Former CEO & Chairman, Intel Corporation "This marvelous and well-written book about Gordon Moore captures his seminal role not only in Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corp, but also in the saga of Silicon Valley. The authors tell how Intel was managed into one of the great successes of all time. Gordon Moore in his quiet, non-threatening, and brainy manner created an atmosphere in which new ideas flourished and growth was encouraged. Moore's Law, his remarkable insight, has proved prescient. Woven into this story is the modest and loving relationship between Gordon and Betty, his wife of 65 years." --Arthur Rock, Co-Founder of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Davis & Rock and original investor of Fairchild Semiconductor "A remarkable insight into the man who did so much to make Silicon Valley." --David Morgenthaler, founder of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Morgenthaler Ventures

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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MOORE'S LAW "Finally, Gordon Moore gets the biography he deserves! One of the foremost pioneers of the digital revolution, he is a visionary, engineer, and revered leader. His "law" defined and guided the growth of computing power, and his business acumen helped to create Silicon Valley. This is an inspiring and instructive tale of how brilliance and leadership can coexist with humility and decency in a truly extraordinary person." --Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs "Moore's Law is not only a definitive biography of a legendary figure in computing, but a fascinating account of the forces that triggered--and sustain--the digital revolution that has changed life for all of us." --Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex "Gordon Moore's story is one of disruptive innovation on the grandest scale, practiced by a brilliant technologist. Now at last we have the book that tells the story. Moore's Law offers a compelling, absorbing account of Silicon Valley, and its role in human progress." --Clayton Christensen, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and author of The Innovator's Dilemma "If you think you know Moore's Law, prepare to be enlightened. If you think you know Gordon Moore, prepare to be enthralled. And if all of this is new to you, prepare for the ride of your life. This is the definitive story of the central theorem of the digital age, the man behind it, and its ongoing impact on us all." --John Hollar, President & CEO, Computer History Museum "With care and color, Moore's Law tells us how Gordon Moore, at the center of the IT revolution, applied his knowledge and insight in a quiet and effective way. When Gordon talked, everyone listened." --George P. Shultz, former U. S. Secretary of State and Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University "A remarkable book about a remarkable man, told with great style and refreshing candor." --Carver Mead, the Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech and winner of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation "Arnold Thackray and his co-authors integrate business history with the history of science and technology with great success, rendering this biography of Silicon Valley's most important revolutionary a captivating and deeply illuminating read. Moore's Law is also a signal contribution to the study of California history, showing how the social and cultural circumstances of the Bay Area enabled Gordon Moore's creativity." --David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of History, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley "I can remember when a transistor radio had one transistor in it--and now a giveaway bottle opener containing 8 billion of them is sitting on my desk. Gordon Moore and a small circle of accomplices, inseparable from the California landscape in which their story took form, were at the center of the most radical transformation in the history of technology. This is a definitive chronicle: authoritative, detailed, and well told." --George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral and Darwin Among the Machines "Almost everyone knows Moore's Law. Almost no one knows the Moore behind this law. Finally a book describing the quiet, unassuming technology godfather of Silicon Valley. A great read about a great man whose work truly changed the world." --Craig R. Barrett, Former CEO & Chairman, Intel Corporation "This marvelous and well-written book about Gordon Moore captures his seminal role not only in Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel Corp, but also in the saga of Silicon Valley. The authors tell how Intel was managed into one of the great successes of all time. Gordon Moore in his quiet, non-threatening, and brainy manner created an atmosphere in which new ideas flourished and growth was encouraged. Moore's Law, his remarkable insight, has proved prescient. Woven into this story is the modest and loving relationship between Gordon and Betty, his wife of 65 years." --Arthur Rock, Co-Founder of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Davis & Rock and original investor of Fairchild Semiconductor "A remarkable insight into the man who did so much to make Silicon Valley." --David Morgenthaler, founder of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Morgenthaler Ventures

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