EXHIBITS: Electrification Project

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Science  07 Apr 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5770, pp. 29
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5770.29c

A centimeter-long lump of solder and wires is one of the original integrated circuits, built by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments in 1958. To learn more about the history of the shrinking microchip and other developments that electrified our world, plug into the IEEE Virtual Museum from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Subjects of the nine exhibits include Thomas Edison and nanotechnology. A presentation on electronic music resurrects pop songs you tried hard to forget to demonstrate instruments such as the Moog synthesizer. It meshed tone-producing circuits, filters, and other modules so that for the first time musicians could create new sounds. Visitors can divert to minibiographies of figures such as integrated circuit co-inventor Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor and backgrounders on buckyballs, vacuum tubes, and other technologies.


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