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Sixty years ago today: transistors -- and modern electronics -- were born

Ryan Block
December 16, 2007
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Like transistors? You must -- you're using a few million (or billion) right now just reading this sentence. But it's actually difficult to overstate the transistor's importance since its invention exactly 60 years ago today by super nerd gods John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley -- everything changed when solid state circuits were finally able to replace mechanical relays and vacuum tubes. There's little doubt electronics and technology as we know it today are only possible because of this fundamental discovery, although 60 years on we can only seem to navel gaze about what sorts of real jobs we'd all have if we weren't just spending our days obsessing about the gadgets these transistors power.

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