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By D. Allan Bromley

ISBN-10: 1475736916

ISBN-13: 9781475736915

During this "Cook’s Tour" of advancements in physics and realted fields, D. Allan Bromley, technological know-how consultant to President Bush in the course of 1989-1983 and earlier president of the yankee actual Society, conveys a lot of the buzz and sweetness that examine in physics generated within the twentieth century and asks what new issues are in shop within the subsequent century.

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One of these challenges was that of finding a replacement for the notoriously unreliable and short-lived vacuum tube. The answer, of course, was the transistor, invented in 1947. Figure 50 is a photograph of the first transistor, and Figure 51 shows its inventors, John Bardeen, William Schockley, and Walter Brattain. The transistor had three obvious advantages over the vacuum tube: It could obviously be made much more compact, it used much less energy, and it had effectively an infinite lifetime.

The phase point, however, appeared to follow a general path that became known as the Lorentz attractor. The understanding of chaotic phenomena and their dependence on both initial conditions and Photographs of fluid flow pattern. On the left of the flow is laminar and on the right, turbulent. The middle panel shows some of the intricate structure in the intermediate scale. ) FIGURE 48 FIGURE 49 An illustration of the Lorentz attractor for a dynamical system. The phase point over time traces out this characteristic "owl mask" but without ever closing.

In retrospect, critics have noted that Bush used a linear model in which fundamental science led inexorably to applied science and then to technology. Critics have also noted that little mention was made in the report of any role for industry, the assumption being that, if the US public was prepared to support the research enterprise in peacetime as it had during war, then the benefits to society would be beyond imagining. The report also assumed that if federal support were channeled to the universities, then new knowledge and young minds trained to use that new knowledge in creative and innovative ways would find their way into the industrial world without any need for action on the part of government.

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