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Hardcover | $9.75 Short | £6.95 | ISBN: 9780262122818 | 408 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 32 illus.| November 2005
Paperback | $27.00 Short | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780262622110 | 408 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 32 illus.| August 2007
eBook | $19.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262252614 | 408 pp. | 32 illus.| August 2007

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Making Silicon Valley

Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970

About the Author

Christophe Lécuyer is Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Université Pierre et Marie Curie and the author of Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (MIT Press, 2005).


Making Silicon Valley is meatier than its contemporaries. Dense and replete with footnotes, it's an expert book written for experts-readers who already know Robert Noyce from Gordon Moore. For them, it's a detailed and nuanced discussion of how and why Silicon Valley emerged as a center of manufacturing, product engineering, and management.”—HBS Working Knowledge


“Lécuyer's book is the most scrupulous scholarly exploration so far of the cluster of innovative firms that has come to be called Silicon Valley. It is a book that should be read by anyone curious about the emergence of the high-tech electronics firms that have created this remarkable concentration of innovative talent.”
Nathan Rosenberg, Professor of Economics (Emeritus), Stanford University
“Silicon Valley wannabes search for the Valley's secrets of success. Lécuyer's impressively informed response reminds them that God is in the manufacturing details.”
Thomas P. Hughes, author of Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture


Winner, 2009 Computer History Museum Prize given by SIGCIS