50 Years in the Semiconductor Underground
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.
"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!