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The World’s Most Important Thing: The Transistor

The World's Most Important Thing: The Transistor

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In a world filled with things, you might think that settling on what the most important thing of all would be rather difficult. That, however, isn’t the case.

Modern innovation is solely dependent on the transistor and it’s invention and continual improvement thanks to Moore’s law. For those of us unfamiliar with this modern engineering marvel, it is a three-terminal solid-state electronic device. In essence, it allows us to control the current or voltage between two of the terminals by applying an electric current or voltage to the third terminal. For non-engineers, this functionality may seem befuddlingly simple to be the root of all modern innovation, but yet, that is the case – for many fascinating reasons.

Amplifiers, computers, cell phones, nearly everything electronic relies on this three terminal electrical invention. The three-terminal aspect...


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  1. Date: May 14, 2018 at 21:52
    Author: Misaka Mikoto

    Just an argument of accuracy. My understanding is that the "Information age" doesn't refer to information in the laymen sense, but "information" as a fundamental property of the universe; The kind of information that Claude Shannon describes in "The Mathematical Theory of Communication". So I would argue the information age only started with that paper.

  2. Date: May 15, 2018 at 18:50
    Author: Pepperonin

    This might be the most informative video I've watched from you so far! I had a feint idea of how transistors worked from taking physics classes in high school/college, but this explained it very coherently and I never really understood the true importance of them until now. Great work!

  3. Date: June 21, 2018 at 04:17
    Author: Burke Burnett

    If I may offer some constructive criticism, the content is good but it would be much easier to listen to if you varied your intonation. Every sentence goes like this: "the number of transistors doubled every year SINCE THEIR INVENTION. He predicted that the trend would continue FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Which it DID." Etc. etc. This becomes distracting, frankly.

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