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The Electronics Revolution

Inventing the Future


  • Shows the impact of electronics and computing on the individual as well as society at large

  • Covers the inventors, inventions, and developments in the field of electronics and computing

  • Contains an abundance of photographs, graphs, and other images to supplement the text and provide greater understanding


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Popular Science book sub series (POPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. J. B. Williams
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  3. J. B. Williams
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  4. J. B. Williams
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  5. J. B. Williams
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About this book


This book is about how electronics, computing, and telecommunications have profoundly changed our lives – the way we work, live, and play. It covers a myriad of topics from the invention of the fundamental devices, and integrated circuits, through radio and television, to computers, mobile telephones and GPS. Today our lives are ruled by electronics as they control the home and computers dominate the workspace. We walk around with mobile phones and communicate by email. Electronics didn’t exist until into the twentieth century. 

The industrial revolution is the term usually applied to the coming of steam, railways and the factory system. In the twentieth century, it is electronics that has changed the way we gather our information, entertain ourselves, communicate and work. This book demonstrates that this is, in fact, another revolution. 


History of electricity Development of electricity Energy grid history Uses of electricity for communication Household appliances and electricity Transport and electricity Media in age of electricity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Offord DarcySt NeotsUnited Kingdom

About the authors

John Williams took an electrical engineering degree at Imperial College, which led him into the design of electronic control and instrumentation equipment, and he became a Chartered Engineer. After working for a number of companies, including AVO/Megger and gaining seniority, he went into engineering management and later co-founded Ingenion Design Ltd to produce electronic instrumentation, exposing him to many different industries varying from washing machines to nuclear power stations.

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“This is an excellent book with interesting information about just how electronics has shaped the world in the last century or so. It covers an impressive range of topics from timekeeping to the Internet and does so in a nicely digestible way, sufficiently nontechnical in detail, to make things accessible to those who are not primarily interested in the science.” (Jeffrey Putnam, Computing Reviews, January, 17, 2018)