The book provides an overview of the fascinating spectrum of semiconductor physics, devices and applications, presented from a historical perspective. It covers the development of the subject from its inception in the early nineteenth century to the recent millennium. Written in a lively, informal style, it emphasizes the interaction between pure scientific push and commercial pull, on the one hand, and between basic physics, materials, and devices, on the other. It
also sets the various device developments in the context of systems requirements and explains how such developments met wide ranging consumer demands. It is written so as to appeal to students at all levels in physics, electrical engineering, and materials science, to teachers, lecturers, and
professionals working in the field, as well as to a non-specialist scientific readership.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 1199 g
Dimensions: 252 x 195 x 32 mm
"Orton, a semiconductor researcher who retired from the University of Nottingham, names names, gives dates, provides pictures, and recountes interesting anecdotal stories. He does so in a witty, informal, and eminently readable fashion." -- Science