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Arnold Thackray David Brock Rachel Jones

The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary

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'Moore’s Law' by Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones is a historical account of the technological advancement and exponential growth of the semiconductor industry, driven by the prediction of Gordon Moore in 1965.

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    Gordon Moore was passionate about science from an early age.

    You've probably heard of Moore's Law, but what do you know about Gordon Moore – the man who came up with it?

    Gordon Moore was born in San Francisco, in 1929, to Mira and Walter Moore. He was a very reserved child, but also an exceptionally concentrated one. His precocity and extraordinary intelligence led him early on to what would become his lifelong vocation.

    In 1940, when he was eleven years old, Moore’s life changed forever. After his best friend was given a chemistry set, the pair began using it to make explosives and blow things up. Science suited Moore’s analytical mind, preferring it to math because he could see its visible effect on the tangible world. Moore had found his calling.

    As he got older, Moore remained passionate about chemistry and experimentation. He took his first chemistry lessons at Sequoia High School, where he was far ahead of the rest of his class, and by the age of 16, he already had a sophisticated understanding of the subject and was very confident in his ideas.

    Moore also retained his love of blowing things up. He experimented with nitroglycerine at home and eventually began making firecrackers for his friends, who used them to blow up mailboxes.

    Nor was the chemistry in Moore's life just happening in the lab. In September 1947, Moore met Betty Irene Whitaker, a journalism major at San Jose State. Whitaker was outgoing, lively and headstrong – the very opposite of Moore. Naturally, that drew him to her. She, in turn, was intrigued by his quiet confidence and composure.

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    What is Moore’s Law about?

    Moore's Law (2015) tells the story of Gordon Moore, a chemist from San Francisco who helped revolutionize the technology industry. Over the years, Moore’s innovations have fundamentally changed all kinds of electronic technology, from digital watches and personal computers to the internet and Facebook.

    Moore’s Law Review

    Moore’s Law (2015) delves into the fascinating history and impact of the legendary prediction made by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel. Here's why this book is a valuable read:

    • It offers a comprehensive exploration of Moore’s Law, detailing how this prediction has shaped the world of technology and transformed our lives.
    • The book provides insightful interviews with key players in the industry, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the development and impact of Moore’s Law.
    • Through its accessible language and engaging storytelling, the book presents complex concepts in an easily understandable manner, making it enjoyable and enlightening.

    Best quote from Moore’s Law

    Fact: In 2016 alone there will be over 100 billion transistors produced per human being on the planet.

    —Arnold Thackray, David Brock and Rachel Jones
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    Who should read Moore’s Law?

    • Enthusiasts of technology or Silicon Valley
    • Anyone interested in the history of computers
    • People curious about the life of Gordon Moore

    About the Author

    Arnold Thackray is a writer and the CEO of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. David Brock is a world-renowned expert on electronics. Rachel Jones, a journalist, specializes in technology and entrepreneurship.

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    Moore’s Law is authored by Arnold Thackray, David Brock, and Rachel Jones.

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