Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, by Joel N. Shurkin

By Joel N. Shurkin

While William Shockley invented the transistor, the area was once replaced eternally and he was once offered the Nobel Prize. yet at the present time Shockley is frequently remembered just for his incendiary campaigning approximately race, intelligence, and genetics. His doubtful learn led him to donate to the Nobel Prize sperm financial institution and hold forth his inflammatory rules greatly, making stunning pronouncements at the uselessness of remedial schooling and the sterilization of people with IQs less than a hundred. finally his campaign destroyed his recognition and observed him vilified on nationwide tv, but he died proclaiming his paintings on race as his maximum accomplishment. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joel N. Shurkin deals the 1st biography of this contradictory and debatable guy. With particular entry to the non-public Shockley documents, Shurkin supplies an unflinching account of the way such promise led to such ignominy.

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