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The Idea Factory
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Jon Gertner grew up in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey just a few hundred yards away from Bell Labs. He has been a writer for the" New York Times Magazine "since 2004 and is currently an editor at "Fast Company" magazine. He lives in New Jersey, with his wife and two children."

Reviews

"Remarkably well researched, lucidly written."

--The Seattle Times
"[F]illed with colorful characters and inspiring lessons..."The Idea Factory" explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation?"--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review

"Riveting... Mr. Gertner's portraits of Kelly and the cadre of talented scientists who worked at Bell Labs are animated by a journalistic ability to make their discoveries and inventions utterly comprehensible -- indeed, thrilling -- to the lay reader. And they showcase, too, his novelistic sense of character and intuitive understanding of the odd ways in which clashing or compatible personalities can combine to foster intensely creative collaborations."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"One of the best innovation-focused books I've read: It's a wide-ranging, detailed, and deeply fascinating look at the New Jersey lab which has been churning out useful discoveries since the early 1900s."--"The Boston Globe"

"Compelling... Gertner's book offers fascinating evidence for those seeking to understand how a society should best invest its research resources."--The Wall Street Journal

"[F]ascinating history...the research behind "The Idea Factory" is astonishing."--"Slate Book Review"

"[A]n expansive new history...does an impressive job of illuminating many of Bell Labs' key technological triumphs."--"Wired.com"

"Gertner provides a view of American research and development that will take engineers, scientists, and managers back to the golden age of invention in the U.S.... Gertner follows these odd and brilliant thinkers to the end of Bell Labs in the 1980s and to their own ends, providing readers with insight into management, creativity, and engineering that remain applicable today."--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)

"Remarkably well researched, lucidly written.""--The Seattle Times"

"Gertner handles the experimentation descriptions with elegance and clarity, while proving even more engaging with his profiles of leading Bell lights.""--Newark Star Ledger"

"Gertner reveals the complicated humanity at work behind the scenes and provides unprecedented insight on some of history's most important scientific and technological advances. Packed with anecdotes and trivia and written in clear and compelling prose, this story of a cutting-edge and astonishingly robust intellectual era--and one not without its controversies and treachery--is immensely enjoyable."--"Kirkus"

[F]illed with colorful characters and inspiring lessons..."The Idea Factory" explores one of the most critical issues of our time: What causes innovation? Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review

Riveting Mr. Gertner s portraits of Kelly and the cadre of talented scientists who worked at Bell Labs are animated by a journalistic ability to make their discoveries and inventions utterly comprehensible indeed, thrilling to the lay reader. And they showcase, too, his novelistic sense of character and intuitive understanding of the odd ways in which clashing or compatible personalities can combine to foster intensely creative collaborations. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" One of the best innovation-focused books I've read: It's a wide-ranging, detailed, and deeply fascinating look at the New Jersey lab which has been churning out useful discoveries since the early 1900s. "The Boston Globe"
Compelling Gertner's book offers fascinating evidence for those seeking to understand how a society should best invest its research resources. The Wall Street Journal
[F]ascinating history the research behind "The Idea Factory" is astonishing. "Slate BookReview"
[A]n expansive new history does an impressive job of illuminating many of Bell Labs key technological triumphs. "Wired.com"
Gertner provides a view of American research and development that will take engineers, scientists, and managers back to the golden age of invention in the U.S . Gertner follows these odd and brilliant thinkers to the end of Bell Labs in the 1980s and to their own ends, providing readers with insight into management, creativity, and engineering that remain applicable today. "Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review)
"Remarkably well researched, lucidly written."" The SeattleTimes"
Gertner handles the experimentation descriptions with elegance and clarity, while proving even more engaging with his profiles of leading Bell lights. " NewarkStar Ledger"
"Gertner reveals the complicated humanity at work behind the scenes and provides unprecedented insight on some of history's most important scientific and technological advances. Packed with anecdotes and trivia and written in clear and compelling prose, this story of a cutting-edge and astonishingly robust intellectual era and one not without its controversies and treachery is immensely enjoyable. "Kirkus""

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