The PBS series American Experience explores topics that are vital to life today. It is a mix of history, story telling, and journalism. This is a great series that covers many topics which students and faculty will find relivant to our curriculum. Last night, I watched this piece about Silicon Valley.
American Experience: Silicon Valley
Description: In 1957, decades before Steve Jobs dreamed up Apple or Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook, a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor business. Their leader was 29-year-old Robert Noyce, a physicist with a brilliant mind and the affability of a born salesman who would co-invent the microchip — an essential component of nearly all modern electronics today, including computers, motor vehicles, cell phones and household appliances.