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The Resource The cryotron files : the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer, Iain Dey & Douglas Buck ; with research by Alan Dewey

The cryotron files : the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer, Iain Dey & Douglas Buck ; with research by Alan Dewey

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The cryotron files : the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer
Title
The cryotron files
Title remainder
the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer
Statement of responsibility
Iain Dey & Douglas Buck ; with research by Alan Dewey
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Author
Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
"Dr. Dudley Allen Buck was a brilliant young scientist and MIT professor who developed or invented several pieces of now-common technology, most notably the cryotron, an early form of the microchip. Thought to be able to guide a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles to their targets, the cryotron attracted attention from around the world. Like his Nobel-winning colleagues, Buck might have benefited from his inventions, had he not died from a mysterious, sudden bout of pneumonia at the age of thirty-two--just weeks after a high-profile group of Soviet scientists visited his lab on a tour of the US. Buck was not the only scientist to die that day; his colleague Dr. Ridenour, chief scientist at Lockheed, was also found dead from similar causes. Were their deaths linked? Buck's lab books, diaries, correspondence, research papers, patent filings, and other recently discovered papers reveal his extensive career in clandestine government work that took him around the globe and behind the Iron Curtain for agencies including the NSA, putting him in contact with the Soviet Union's top computer scientists. Did Buck's pioneering work with microchips and his work for intelligence agencies make him a target of the KGB? Armed with this research, award-winning journalist Iain Dey tells with compelling immediacy the story of Dudley Buck's life and groundbreaking work, starting from his unconventional beginnings in California through his untimely death and beyond. The Cryotron Files is at once the gripping narrative history of America and its computer scientists during the Cold War and the dramatic personal story of rising MIT star Dudley Buck in the high-stakes days of spies, supercomputers, and the space and nuclear races."--Jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dey, Iain
Dewey number
  • 004.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.2.B83
LC item number
A3 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Buck, Douglas
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Buck, Dudley A
  • Computer scientists
  • Inventors
  • Cryotrons
  • Superconductors
  • Computer scientists
  • Cryotrons
  • Inventors
  • Superconductors
  • United States
Label
The cryotron files : the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer, Iain Dey & Douglas Buck ; with research by Alan Dewey
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-272) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Project Lightning -- Santa Barbara Sound Laboratories -- The V-12 program -- Seesaw -- Operation Rusty -- Project Whirlwind -- Memory -- Forging bonds -- Project Nomad -- Two small wires -- The cryotron -- Lab rats -- The missile gap -- Fame -- The post-Sputnik effect -- A reciprocal arrangement -- The missile men -- The Russians have landed -- A package -- The extra pieces of the puzzle
Control code
on1053626165
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781468315776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1053626165
Label
The cryotron files : the untold story of Dudley Buck, Cold War computer scientist and microchip pioneer, Iain Dey & Douglas Buck ; with research by Alan Dewey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-272) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Project Lightning -- Santa Barbara Sound Laboratories -- The V-12 program -- Seesaw -- Operation Rusty -- Project Whirlwind -- Memory -- Forging bonds -- Project Nomad -- Two small wires -- The cryotron -- Lab rats -- The missile gap -- Fame -- The post-Sputnik effect -- A reciprocal arrangement -- The missile men -- The Russians have landed -- A package -- The extra pieces of the puzzle
Control code
on1053626165
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781468315776
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1053626165

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