Cryotron Files

The strange death of a pioneering Cold War computer scientist
 
 
Icon Books Ltd (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 13. September 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 336 Seiten
978-1-78578-434-7 (ISBN)
 
American Cold War hero Dudley Buck's pioneering experiments with the microchip made him a figure of interest for the KGB up until his death from a mysterious heart attack following a visit from Russian scientists. Buck's son Douglas draws on unseen personal files for an intimate biography.
  • Englisch
  • Duxford
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  • Großbritannien
  • Höhe: 236 mm
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  • Breite: 172 mm
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  • Dicke: 26 mm
  • 552 gr
978-1-78578-434-7 (9781785784347)
178578434X (178578434X)
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Iain Dey is a Sunday Times correspondent who was named UK Business
Journalist of the Year in 2010. This is his first full-length book.


Douglas Buck is the son of Dudley Buck, and has had
privileged access to his father's diaries, associates and papers.
An incredibly thorough but fully accessible deep dive into the cold war battle for computer supremacy that details the increasingly relevant - and increasingly eerie- relationship between geopolitics and technology -- Jesse Eisenberg, laywright, New Yorker contributor and Oscar-nominated actor who played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. For me, Dudley Buck remains one of the most endlessly fascinating - and bogglingly creative - engineers of the 1950s. If one looks for him, he can be found in many of the most important projects and contexts developing electronics and computing in service of the early Cold War. I thought I knew a lot about Buck, but the Cryotron Files held many surprises: Deuterium for computer memory?! Superconducting ICBM gyroscopes?! Spy satellites?! Secret meetings with German computer-pioneer Zuse?! While I cannot vouch for everything in the Cryotron Files and differ from some of its suggestions, Iain Dey has woven very partial and confusing records into a real story that will make every reader stop and wonder what Dudley Buck could have dreamed and realized had he survived 1959, his 32nd year. -- David C. Brock, Director, Center for Software History, Computer History Museum

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