T. R. Reid

The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution

Barely fifty years ago, computers were gargantuan, vastly expensive things that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable, until two ingenious young Americans finally devised the solution. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would lead to the silicon microchip and earn Kilby a Nobel Prize in physics in 2000.

In...[his] completely revised and updated edition of The Chip, T.R. Reid tells the gripping story of Kilby and Noyce’s invention, which was the foundation of a global information industry that has transformed our world. This is the story of how or digital age began, and of the men who invented it.

Selected Works

Documentary film (PBS Frontline)
T. R. Reid visits five industrialized democracies, seeking to learn how they manage to provide high-quality health care for everybody -- while spending half as much on medical costs as the U.S. does. "Lively and informative --top-notch TV reporting" --The N.Y. Times
Nonfiction/Current Events
Contemplating Japan's future in the wake of the triple disaster of March, 2011.
nonfiction / Japanese language
This is the Japanese version of the book "Reimagining Japan."
Nonfiction / Current Events
A New York Times-best-seller. It shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at reasonable cost.   "Extremely good, and extremely readable. It is the clearest and most useful contribution to the ongoing health care debate that I've read."
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
A New York Times best-seller. “A lively, thought-provoking book.”
The Seattle Times
Documentary film (PBS)
A reporter studies ancient Indian medicine
“Engaging...a fascinating read...he is amusing, droll and extremely knowledgeable.”
Detroit Free Press
The story of inventors Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, the men behind the microchip. "A triumph of good reporting." --Theodore H. White
Guide Book
The definitive English language guide to Japan's great ski resorts (both outdoor and indoor).

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