Little Silver Public Library has invited Jon Gertner to talk about his new bestselling book, The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. Back before there was Silicon Valley, most of American innovation came from Bell Labs, from lasers to transistors to digital communication to cellular telecommunication to the discovery of the birth of the universe. AT&T Bell Labs employed thousands of people, twelve hundred of whom had PhDs. Thirteen scientists won Nobel prizes. Many residents of Little Silver and surrounding communities worked at Bell Labs and contributed to this era of innovation.
Autographed copies of The Idea Factory will be available for purchase.
Jon Gertner has been a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine since 2004, where he writes about business, technology, and society. He has also served as a senior editor for Money and The American Lawyer. A graduate of Cornell University, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and their two children.