Broken Genius

The rise and fall of William Shockley, creator of the electronic age

  • Authors
  • Joel N. Shurkin

Part of the Macmillan Science book series (MACSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Moira: May and Billy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 22-41
  3. Hubris: war and the transistor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 45-62
    3. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 86-106
    4. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 142-160
  4. Nemesis: Silicon Valley and obsession

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 190-211
    3. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 212-225
    4. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 226-240
    5. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 241-256
    6. Joel N. Shurkin
      Pages 257-273
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 274-302

About this book


This is the first biography of William Shockley, founding father of Silicon Valley - one of the most significant and reviled scientists of the 20th century. Drawing upon unique access to the private Shockley archives, veteran technology historian and journalist Joel Shurkin gives an unflinching account of how such promise ended in such ignominy.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2008
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-55192-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-55229-6
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