1st Edition

50 Years in the Semiconductor Underground

By David K. Ferry Copyright 2015
    174 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    This book was derived from a talk that the author gave at the International Conference on Advanced Nanodevices and Nanotechnology in Hawaii. The book is about science and engineering, but is not on science and engineering. It is not a textbook which develops the understanding of a small part of the field, but a book about random encounters and about the strengths and the foibles of living as a physicist and engineer for half a century. It presents the author’s personal views on science, engineering, and life and is illustrated by a number of lively stories about various events, some of which shaped his life.

    In the Beginning. Threads of Science. The Rise of the Chip. Challenging Physics. Some Views of Science. Science and Life May Be Fickle. The Light Side of Science. Arrogance and Ignorance. How Big Is an Electron.


    David K. Ferry is Regents’ Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also graduate faculty in the Department of Physics and the Materials Science and Engineering program at ASU, as well as a visiting professor at Chiba University in Japan. He came to ASU in 1983 following shorter stints at Texas Tech University, the Office of Naval Research, and Colorado State University. In the distant past, he received his doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin, and spent a postdoctoral period at the University of Vienna, Austria. He enjoys teaching (which he refers to as "warping young minds") and research. The latter is focused on semiconductors, particularly as they apply to nanotechnology and integrated circuits, as well as quantum effects in devices. In 1999, he received the Cledo Brunetti Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a Fellow of this group as well as the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, UK. He has been a Tennessee Squire since 1971 and an admiral in the Texas Navy since 1973.

    "Professor Ferry combines, in a masterful way, topics that have represented the leading edge of semiconductor science and engineering. His discussions of engineering questions, as seen from the different viewpoints of Bohr and Einstein respectively, are amusing and will resonate with anyone who is getting tired of hearing that no one can understand quantum mechanics. A must read for the engineering student who is also a science fan."

    —Prof. Karl Hess, Author of Einstein Was Right!