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16
Dec

Review: The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation by Jon Gertner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jon Gertner’s “The Idea Factory” tells an important story about the history of many of the communications and information technology underpinnings of our current era. More importantly, it explores (indirectly and eventually) a major question of what is needed to make large basic and applied research labs successful. I’m glad I read this book, but can’t say I necessarily enjoyed reading it. As such I’m struggling with whether to rate 3 or 4 stars … if Goodreads allowed 3.5, that’d be it.

Growing up very close to Bell Labs’ Holmdel NJ facility, I was attracted to this book because of the place the Labs occupied in our local culture. If you were bright, technically oriented, and wanted a well-paying job, Bell Labs was the place to strive for. The invention/discovery of radio astronomy at Crawford Hill added to the mystique. Read more »

9
Feb
Pages

NASA gets lots of “help”

Many stakeholder communities have strongly vested interests in the research & development dollars the U.S. government spends through NASA.   Over the years, various mechanisms have been used to gather inputs, advice, and recommendations on direction from these stakeholders.

A longstanding source of expert advice is the National Academies Space Studies Board.   Since NASA’s founding, the Academies have provided over 25,000 pages of advice Read more »